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How Suburban Sprawl Works Like a Ponzi Scheme

Ending the economic crisis in cities means ensuring a higher rate of return on infrastructure investments

Reuters

China's Uneasy Transition to an Urban Majority

Millions of rural Chinese are moving to cities, but the opportunities they're finding there are uncertain

Courtesy BNIM and Farshid Assassi

Green Recovery in Greensburg, Kansas

Award-winning streetscape project helps rebuild a tornado-damaged town

A Grassroots Guide to Saving the Rust Belt

Jack Storey of the group Saving Cities on their new film, 'Red, White & Blueprints'

REUTERS/Edgar Su

The World's Leading Creative Class Countries

The U.S. has fallen far behind in this key measure of human capital

REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Walking With Headphones: Only Dangerous Sometimes

Studies show cell phones, though not music players, confuse pedestrian senses

Courtesy Mera Rubell

Why I Love My City: Mera Rubell on Miami

The art collector discusses why she's so passionate about Miami, and which city is the best place to live for artists

Classic Documentary on Public Space Now Available Online

The pioneering 'Social Life of Small Urban Spaces' explores public plazas and their uses

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Do You Live in an 'Eco Neighborhood'?

The Earth Advantage Institute seeks to recognize communities that go beyond green

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Hardwood Floors, Marble Countertops, and a High Energy Efficiency Rating

As cities force buildings to disclose energy use data, buyers and renters alike can factor it in to their spending decisions

Benoit Tessier / Reuters

Paris Launches One-Way Car-Sharing

Autolib offers compact, all-electric vehicles modeled after Velib

Payton Chung

Cutting Car Use at the Neighborhood Level

8 European projects show how design and planning can reduce automobile dependence

Joshua Lott / Reuters

A Thirsty Future for Texas

State water plan foresees challenges as supplies diminish and population grows

Reuters

The World’s Leading Nations for Innovation and Technology

The U.S. is still largely competing with Europe, not China

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The World's Best Subway Maps

20 mass transit maps worthy of hanging on your wall

When We Were Still Getting Used to Traffic Lights

An archival film from 1937 explains how automatic traffic signals worked in different cities across the country

Gary Lerude

The Economics of Urban Trees

A little greenery can go a long way when it comes to property values

Courtesy Quicksand Potty Project

Tackling the Developing World's Poop Problem

A look at the politics behind India's massive toilet shortage

REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Has the Renaissance of Downtowns Been Overhyped?

Detroit's central business district is making a comeback, but nationally, the trend is less clear