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Bostonography

The Map Geeks Behind 'Bostonography'

Enterprising cartographers explore the mappability of Boston

Courtesy OpenIDEO

Can a Single Good Idea Save Detroit?

Innovation platform OpenIDEO is searching for ideas to revitalize cities

Reuters

How the Plummeting Price of Cocaine Fueled the Nationwide Drop in Violent Crime

Competition in the illicit drug trade and reduced incentives for small-time dealers all coincided with this dramatic shift in U.S. cities

Courtesy Interboro

Is Blotting the Best Solution for Shrinking Cities?

In places like Cleveland, Detroit, and Chicago, homeowners are being encouraged to expand the footprint of their properties

Gavin St. Ours

Prison Time for the Austin Tire Slasher

Police lock up perpetrator of hundreds, maybe thousands, of flat tires

Flickr/Angela Anderson-Cobb

Detroit's New Bridge Is Going Nowhere

A local billionaire is bent on keeping control of Detroit's main connection to Canada, even if he has to stall the development of a new one indefinitely

UrbanCincy

How Cincinnati Defeated the Streetcar Haters ... Again

For the second time, voters approved a light rail line downtown

Reuters

Do Doctors Avoid City Smog More Than Others?

In Los Angeles, at least, the answer is no

Buffalo Unscripted

Documenting the Local Perspective on Buffalo

The National Trust for Historic Preservation talked to more than 500 Buffalonians for a new documentary project

Penguin Press

How the Windows of Skyscrapers Get Washed

Architects of the world's tallest buildings have to consider façade maintenance and cleaning from the very beginning

Martin Prosperity Institute

Where the Twitterati Live

Why the world's most popular tweeters are clustered in a handful of American cities—and Brazil

NASA

San Francisco's 1971 Earthquake, the Educational Video

Groovy NASA archival film explains how any why earthquakes affect the Bay Area the way they do

Reuters

How Timed Traffic Signals Can Be Bad for Pedestrians

Efforts to fight congestion by centralizing traffic lights could also make roads more dangerous for walkers

Courtesy John King

John King on Watching a City Change Through its Buildings

The San Francisco Chronicle's urban design critic examines the buildings that define his city

Reuters

The Politics of New York's Stalled Taxi Plan

A sweeping new proposal by Mayor Bloomberg would expand cab coverage beyond Manhattan. So why hasn't it gone anywhere?

Reuters

Why $1 Billion Doesn't Buy Much Transit Infrastructure Anymore

Blame pricier consultant fees, high labor costs and age

Library of Congress

Cleveland's New Deal-Era Public Housing Posters

The Midwest city's approach was much friendlier than New York's

Courtesy CityFabric

Communicating the City With a Shirt

Company prints images of cities to spark conversation

Reuters

Do Nonprofit Hospitals Make Too Much Money?

Some of the most profitable hospitals in the nation are nonprofits, but they still receive tons of tax breaks