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What Developers Get Wrong About Smart Growth

Cities need higher densities, but they also need green space.

The Wildly Variable Definition of 'McMansion'

According to a new study, people in different places use the word very differently.

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Extreme Placemaking: Inside the Army's Mock Afghan Villages at Fort Polk

For several years now, the U.S. military has been trying to replicate Afghan and Iraqi towns on U.S. soil to prepare soldiers to go there.

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Where Families Go After Foreclosure

What's the connection between foreclosures and homelessness?

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Turning Old Beer Bottles Into Garden Mulch

Is there anything high-speed flexible impactors can't flail into gold?

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This Week In Bans: Alabama Chokes on 'Dirty Bastard' Beer

Also outlawed around the world: "gay cure" ads in London, discrimination on the basis of sexuality in Indiana, South Carolina yarn bombing.

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The Dark Cloud Hanging Over the Feel-Good Inner City Education Story of the Week

You'd think the national champion chess team at Intermediate School 318 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, wouldn't have to worry about their program's continued funding. But you'd be wrong.

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Siberia's Ice Floaters

The winter swim club of Krasnoyarsk gets in one last hurrah before the spring comes.

Should Seattle Really Be Growing Goji Berries and Jujubes?

The city embarks on an ambitious plan for an urban forest, with free food for all.

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Why Tourists Rarely Explore the Rest of Las Vegas

The city's famous marketing success highlights its primary appeal.

Feeling Tired? Take This Giant Slide to Class

A university in Munich installed two four-story slides in their student center.

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Bad Zoning Can Ruin Your Kid's Life

A new report examines the link between standardized test scores and restrictive zoning regulations.

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Why Bigger Cities Are Greener

Denser, more populous cities are more energy efficient than their smaller counterparts.

A Bacon Bacchanalia, Coming to a City Near You

The annual Baconfest Chicago has taken off, and others may soon follow suit.

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Protest of the Day: Italian Museum Is Burning All Its Art

The Casoria Contemporary Art Museum in Naples has decided to protest the government's austerity measures... with FIRE.

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If Walmart Were a City

Worldwide, the retail giant's stores cover as much land as Miami.

Rita Crundwell vs. Harriette Walters: Who Embezzled Better?

Walters stole nearly $50 million from the District of Columbia, but Crundwell allegedly ganked more than half that amount in a town with a budget of only $8 million.

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The Biggest X-Factor in the Housing Market? Where Baby Boomers Will Choose to Retire

Planning and construction all over the country will need to shift dramatically as the retired population grows.

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More on the Teen Birthrate Bible Belt Connection

What other factors influence which states have the highest teen birthrates?