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Courtesy of Nazia Parvez

Life in an African Slum

A photographer challenges typical Western portrayals of Africa, asking: "who do these photos serve?"

Memphis, Then and Now (1887 to 2011)

The city went broke in the 1870s. A look at how the Memphis of today compares with this low point

Courtesy: Atlanta Beltway

The Year in Ideas

A round-up of my most provocative and meaningful 2011 columns

The Best Of 'Best Ofs' of 2011

A round-up of the strangest city highlights from alternative weeklies around the country

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In Defense of Phoenix

What Andrew Ross gets wrong in his book about the city's flawed sustainability initiatives

Reuters

9 Ways the Housing Industry Has Failed Us

A new report lists the temporary and systemic issues keeping the industry from helping the economy recover

BBC

Unconventional Public Transit Project of the Day

An urban escalator opens in hilly Medellin slum

Warning of Urban Sprawl...in 1959

A Hitchcockian take on the danger of perpetual suburbanization from the Urban Land Institute

Reuters

As Minnesota's Cities Grow, Townships Fade Away

More and more townships are choosing to join up with cities

Reuters

The Great California Sports Shuffle

Silicon Valley cities try to entice the A’s and 49ers to move into new digs

Reuters

Postcard From Vatican City

The bidding war that wasn't for Vatican.xxx and other news from the holy city

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Balancing a City's Past and Future

How can we preserve what makes a place great while allowing it to evolve?

Reuters

Why They Call Green Bay 'Titletown'

Why cities like Green Bay win an outsize number of championships

Courtesy of LandProp

The City IKEA Built

The home retail giant is building a walkable, mostly car-free neighborhood in East London

Carol Wells/Center for the Study of Political Graphics

Stopping a Movement While Saving Its Art

Los Angeles government officials are preserving some of the art created during Occupy Wall Street, the first major city to do so

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New City Slogans of 2011

The best - and strangest - in urban catch phrases

Flickr/Ben Masterson-Smith

North Korea's 7-Mile Fuschia Rainbow Hotel

The farcical design mimics the vision Kim Jong Il allegedly saw at birth

Chart of the Day: The Biggest Human Gatherings

Visual.ly graphs the world's largest groups

Reuters

Fixing a City by Dividing It Up

Escondido is almost half Latino, but has elected only one Hispanic city councilman in 120 years. A new lawsuit aims to change that