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The Man Who Brought Texas BBQ to Chicago

Barry Sorkin is an Illinois native with no formal food background. Here's how he opened one of the city's most successful restaurants.

Urban Fail of the Day: This Pothole

It is very big.

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How One Man Built His City a Fiber Optic Network

Software entrepreneur Patrick Kennedy is bringing faster internet to San Leandro, thanks to infrastructure put in place by BART and city officials.

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How to Copy a Building

Two artists take a unique approach to preservation, creating to-scale images of historic interiors.

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Why Would Anyone Want Their Bus Shelter To Be an Interactive Jukebox?

Commuters in Sydney can now bop to high-energy techno music while they wait for their bus, thanks to an unusual advertising campaign.

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Postcard From Hiroshima

A killer is sentenced to life, and other news.

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The Politics of Playgrounds, a History

Fights over how kids play have been going strong since the early 1900s.

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The PR Disaster of London's Olympic Traffic Lanes

Organizers of the Summer Games are finding it difficult to balance their own needs with that of the host city.

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Is the Biker Rights Movement Gaining Momentum?

A new anti-harassment law in Berkeley and a building-access law in San Francisco are both the second of their kind.

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How Amazon Got the Urban Campus Right

The company's new Seattle facility is a paragon of walkable, high-density development.

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America's Real Homeless Hotspots

An estimated 600,000 Americans are homeless, but the spread isn't uniform. Some cities have been hit harder than others.

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How To Catch a Criminal With Data

In an era of fewer resources, police could solve more crimes faster if they could leverage the Big Data long buried within their own departments.

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Census Figures Reveal a Vastly Rural India

Despite much urbanization, the majority of the country's growing population is living in rural areas and with few resources.

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Behold, the Ultimate Municipal Truck... Of the Future!

What would happen if you took every neat idea in the realm of public works and piled them all onto one city vehicle?

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Chart of the Day: The Most Livable Cities

New York tops the Economist's new list of competitive cities.

Why Rents Are Rising as Home Values Fall

With so many people priced out of home ownership, the demand for rental housing is booming.

The Regionalization of SimCity

The interconnectedness of cities will be a major component of the forthcoming new version of the classic video game.

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Postcard From Tokyo

How the city has changed since the earthquake.

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America's Most Optimistic Communities

Despite lower economic confidence nationwide, a majority of Americans say they are satisfied with the places they call home.