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Is Gentrification Always Bad for Revitalizing Neighborhoods?

If done right, cities can preserve their character while bringing in new business

Reuters

The Only Hope for Reducing Traffic

A new study makes the fundamental case for congestion pricing

The Plant

Growing Industry From its Own Ashes

A new incubator for small business in a converted Chicago meatpacking plant

Rustbelt Baseball Fans: A Little Less Miserable?

Three Midwestern MLB teams with modest payrolls outlasted everyone else this year

Michael Mehaffy

In Defense of Portland's Orenco Station

A rebuttal to a recent Atlantic Cities story on the shortcomings of the New Urbanist community in Oregon

Issei Kato / Reuters

Blank-Slate City Rebuilding in Japan

Proposed bill would allow purchase of large areas for city redevelopment

Courtesy Save the World Famous Surfing Madonna

The Surfing Madonna Complex: A Political Awakening in Encinitas

How the battle over an illegal mosaic united a California beach town

Reuters

Rahm Emanuel: The Anti-Daley

Chicago's hard-charging new mayor was seen as Daley's successor, but now he's dismantling the former mayor's legacy

Thermal Cities/Steve Lowe

CAT Scans for Cities

Researchers are using thermal imaging to diagnose energy efficiency in the built environment

Brookings Institution

Suburbia: Land of Immigrants

Foreign-born populations in the U.S. are spreading out across the country, settling in suburbs and smaller cities

Reuters

Why American Commute Times Are Difficult to Compare to Other Countries

In one recent survey the U.S. has relatively short commutes; in another, they're relatively long

Reuters

As America Ages, NIMBYism Could Increase

Surveys show older people are more likely to actively oppose new development

Flickr/Vincent Desjardins

The Folly of City-Owned Parking Garages

Guaranteeing cheap downtown parking creates all the wrong incentives for drivers

Flickr/Amsterdamize

Bicycle Storage Solutions for a Bike-Crazed World

Space for bicycles on streets and in apartments is tight, but storage options are growing

REUTERS/STR New

A Bankrupt Harrisburg Will Need to Focus on Morale

The city manager of another bankrupt city offers suggestions for Pennsylvania's troubled state capital

A pool hall is constructed on a Karachi roadway median. Courtesy Steve Inskeep

In Karachi, Irregular Neighborhoods Are Anything But

An estimated half of the population of Pakistan's largest city lives in unauthorized homes

Rebecca Cook / Reuters

A Regional Vision for the Great Lakes

A 100-year plan for the region focuses on harnessing abundant freshwater to fuel an economic rebirth

Flickr user: "raindog" under a Creative Commons License

Civic Symbolism: A Survey of City Hall Architecture

Which city hall buildings manage to capture something specific about a city's culture?

Courtesy Washington Area Bicyclist Association

Don't Tweet: In D.C., a New War on Public Safety Information

Citing safety concerns, the city opts to filter which public safety incidents citizens get to hear about