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Postcard From Seoul

Students now have the right to choose their own hairstyle, and other news

Baltimore City Health Department

Fighting Crime With Former Criminals

Baltimore's program to mediate disagreements between gang members successfully prevents homicides

A View of Detroit As Captured Beneath a Photographer's Dangling Feet

Dennis Maitland shoots the city from its highest perches, all while conquering his fear of heights

How Home Builders Are Selling Green

Energy-efficient homes are cheaper in the long run, and that's what buyers want 

Reuters

The Urban Message Missing From the State of the Union

The issues facing the nation's cities were largely ignored in the president’s speech

Chicago Transit Authority

'I Hate the Blue Line' and Other Things Transit Systems Can Learn From Twitter

Public transportation riders aren't shy about expressing their displeasure when things go wrong

The Geography of Venture Capital

New York and Boston are trying to get a bigger slice of the VC pie. But a new report suggests they're going to have to work a lot harder.

Reuters

Percent of the Day: 51

Half of Detroit's children live in poverty, more than double the state average

Dallas River Turns Red With (Hog) Blood

A nearby meat-packing plant is being investigated as the cause of Trinity River's platelet-rich waters

Reuters

Olympic (City) Hopefuls

Bidding for the 2020 games is heating up. Local support bolsters unlikely Baku

Rochester, New York: Then and Now, Through Video (1963 to 2012)

How the claims in a promotional video stack up today

Reuters

Why the Most Environmental Building is the Building We've Already Built

A new report suggests that retrofitting is almost always more energy efficient

Postcard From Taipei

A set of striking photos from around the city

Courtesy: Melissa Salvatore

In Chicago, A Store for Bike Snobs (and Coffee Lovers)

A new shop will sell hand-made, locally built bicycles to riders who want to stay a while

Courtesy: Robert Hofer

A Swiss Village Becomes an Experiment in Modern Art

What happens when a town offers its public spaces to artists to do what they want

Reuters

A Homeless Man's Unused Subway Card Empire

John Jones says he's made $20,000 reselling tossed Metrocards. Should that be legal?

Reuters

GPS, Smartphones, and the Dumbing Down of Personal Navigation

Does a controversial new app herald the death of street smarts?

Reuters

The Where and Why of NBA Super Stars

For one thing, location matters

Reuters

The Most and Least Affordable Housing in America

A new report blames land use restrictions for driving up prices, but there's much more to it than that