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As Usage Rises, Libraries Struggle to Stay Open

A new report focuses on the dire situation in 15 big cities, and highlights the changing role of the public library.

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Policy Tools for a More Sustainable Town

How local governments can make sustainable development a reality. 

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How to Measure a Project's Health

By embracing a new "health impact assessment" tool, Atlanta makes sure its major redevelopment will lead to healthier lives.

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The Case for Saving the Metro Editorial Board

Across the country, newspapers are cutting their editorial boards. Here's what we lose when they disappear.

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City Superheroes From the Minds of Babes

The Homeless Detective, ADHD Girl and other urban problem-solvers invented by New York City students.

Reuters

The Inequality Puzzle in U.S. Cities

Inequality in American cities turns on more than wages and skills: poverty and race are key indicators.

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In Pre-Summer Games London, Edginess and Anticipation

Londoners have complicated feelings about hosting the Olympics. You'll be hearing from one of them here every week.

Tiny Space of the Day: The 160-Square-Foot Apartment

A builder designs the smallest studios allowed by California zoning code.

Pennsylvania SPCA

Cockfighting in Philadelphia: 200-Plus Years of Feathery Mayhem

Truly, this is a city that loves to watch winged animals duel to their bloody deaths.

K. Scott Kreider

Telling the Story of the Great Recession Through Billboards

A Philadelphia photography project transforms ad spaces with pictures of the working poor.

"Rooftops: Why Not?" Ideas Competition

Wild Idea: Put Schools On Top of New York Skyscrapers

A team of Portuguese architects propose a lofty concept to fix America's troubled education system.

Matt Ashburn

Wish Your Neighborhood Had a Diner? Buy This One on eBay

A D.C.-based entrepreneur imported his own diner in 2009, but now he's looking to sell.

Reuters

Postcard From Yangon

A banned Buddhist festival makes its triumphant return, and other news.

TED

What's Behind the Grumbling Over TED's City 2.0

Why some urbanists are skeptical of the conference innovator's plans to crowdsource the city of the future.

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Do Real-Time Updates Increase Transit Ridership?

In Chicago, the CTA Bus Tracker isn't just a great tool for existing riders — it's actually encouraged new ones.

Reuters

How U.S. Companies Decide Where To Locate Their Chinese Factories

According to a new study, it's not just cheap labor that big tech companies are drawn to.

UHAB

What Happens to a Foreclosed New York Apartment Building?

For one thing, the rats move in.

Reuters

Why Miami's Real Estate is Booming Again

Miami's real estate prices have plummeted from their peak, but remain nearly 38 percent above their 2000 levels.

Reuters

Surprise of the Day: Chicago Won't Host the G-8 Summit

After months of planning, the White House decided to shift the summit to Camp David.