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Why Don't Real Estate Developers Just Ask Us What We Want?

One Washington builder asked neighbors what kind of store should fill an empty building. Is this the future of urban development?

Explaining Transit's Secret Language

In his new book, blogger-turned-author Jarrett Walker shows how transportation really works.

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How El Paso Ended Up With America's Best Smart Growth Plan

The city's new plan will improve downtown, increase public transportation options and revitalize older neighborhoods.

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What Makes One City Fatter Than Another?

The factors behind the relative obesity of America's cities.

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The Climate Plans That Aren't Helping Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

A new study finds citywide plans are not as effective as smaller-scale initiatives.

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The Bicycle Light That's a Threat to Thieves

A couple of MIT grads have developed a light that's 1) extremely hard to steal, and 2) shaped like a pistol.

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The Death (and Life?) of Miami's Marine Stadium

The all-concrete stadium has been rotting since the early 1990s. Can it be saved? Should it be?

Map of the Day: Urbanization in 15 Seconds

What the urban world will look like in 2050.

A Bold Metallic Facelift for a Building in Detroit

University of Michigan students make use of the city’s abundant architectural skeletons, rather than overlooking them.

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Photos of London's Olympic Prep

The city primps for its big day.

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QR Codes in Truly Strange Places

An interview with Brad Frost, who collects photos of QR code absurdity.

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Georgia's Super Booze-day

Forget the Republican presidential primary. Tuesday's elections also lifted blue laws across a large swath of the Peach State.

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Postcard From Moscow

A traffic jam to end all traffic jams, and more news.

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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.

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The Inequality Puzzle in U.S. Cities

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