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Could Building Thousands of Parks Fix the Real Estate Market?

A new initiative seeks to revive empty commercial land as public space

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The Best U.S. States for Working Women

Geography makes a clear difference in how much women earn in the workforce

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Condos and Industry Collide in Downtown San Diego

A proposed residential development threatens a factory that employs 1,800

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Baby Steps for Baltimore's Vacant Housing Plan

Program tries to streamline purchase of thousands of vacant properties

Preserving a Canadian Ghost Town

A website chronicles the stories of a deserted town in a 'scrapbook with superpowers'

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New Life for Chicago's Least Popular Waterway

Architect Jeanne Gang wants to remake Bubbly Creek into a destination

Where the 1% Live

The richest Americans are gathered in a handful of metropolitan areas

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City Smog Linked to Cognitive Deficits in Children

A growing body of evidence connects urban pollution with harmful brain alterations

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Population 7 Billion in 5 Charts

The world's population will reach seven billion on October, 31 2011, according to projections by the United Nations

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In Arizona, Reducing Water and Energy Use Through Peer Pressure

Tucson residents have long seen their low-water landscaping choices as superior to their neighbors in Phoenix. Now researchers are trying to apply the same principle to all utility usage

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Why Tokyo's Privately Owned Rail Systems Work So Well

Large cities with cash-strapped transit agencies would do well to study Japan's rail history

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Weekend Roundup

The best of this week's Atlantic Cities

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The Best and Worst of the World's Central Plazas and Squares

A pair of slideshows illuminating what makes a public gathering space work and what doesn't

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What Are The Best Ways to Combat Homelessness?

The best responses from this week's The Big Fix

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Why Did Some Streetcars Survive When Most Didn't?

Streetcars are making a comeback across the country, but in New Orleans, they never went away

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How the South Bronx Was Saved

It used to be one of the worst neighborhoods in America. Now the Bronx is a model for 'sustainable low-income' communities

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How Much is a Bike Trail Worth?

Far from 'frivolous spending,' data shows trails can actually boost property tax revenues

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Annia Ciezadlo on Beirut

Journalist Annia Ciezadlo explains why the city's balconies and rooftop gardens must be preserved

Brian Rose

Designing for Density Doesn't Have to Be Ugly, or Scary

San Francisco-based architect David Baker finds beauty in buildings that house lots of people