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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

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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

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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

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Fixing Atlanta's Transportation Mess, with Pennies

Metro area leaders approve $6.14 billion project list for 2012 referendum

Courtesy Urban-Think Tank

To Add Public Spaces to Brazil's Favelas, First You Have to Find Space

Recent flooding opened up new possibilities in the Paraisopolis section of Sao Paolo

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In Search of a Bicycling Culture, Richmond Invites World's Elites to Town

The city has just a few years to transform its cycling infrastructure before the UCI Road World Championships

REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Another Problem With Zuccotti Park: It Isn't a Very Good Park

Semi-coercing private companies into building parks is a good way to build some pretty bad parks

Eric Gaillard / Reuters

Mapping Where Crimes Are Likely to Occur, Before They Happen

Santa Cruz is testing a new system that attempts to predict likely locations of future crimes

REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis

Why Ranking Cities Can Be Such a Tricky Business

Incomplete data, inconsistent definitions, and an outsider's perspective can all trip up attempts to measure cities against one another

REUTERS/Brian Snyder

The Great Urban-Rural Happiness Debate

Some numbers say small-town folk are happier than city folk, but the true story is much more complicated

Yerwada Slum Upgrading Project, Pune, India, courtesy SDI

Design With, Instead of for, the Other 90%

A new exhibit reveals how architects and designers are embracing community participation in developing world projects

John Gress / Reuters

Who's Buying Foreclosed Homes and Why It's a Problem

Program aimed at stabilizing neighborhoods adds to problem of vacant homes