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Can Nashville Shake Its Sprawling Past?

It's the nation's most spread-out city. Can an ambitious new transportation plan change that?

At Charlotte's New Walmart, a Transit Promise Unfulfilled

The city pledged transit-oriented development around the store — so why is it building roads?

Moscow Government Buildings to Be Converted to Housing

Moving ministries to the outskirts would leave opportunities for reuse in the crowded core.

The Geography of U.S. Economic Confidence

Why Americans in some states feel more secure in their economic future.

The American Dream, Revised

A new exhibit explores radical solutions for the nation's housing woes.

Excess of the Day: Hanoi's Gold Leaf Masks

A specialty salon offers an expensive therapy to whiten the skin.

In Tashkent, Hide Your Candy Hearts

Upset with Western decadence, the government of Uzbekistan is urging its citizens to shun Valentine's in favor of Emperor Babur.

The Measure of a Beautiful Street

The OpenPlans.org team wants to see if it can quantify what makes one street nicer than another.

The World's Smallest Mobile Music Venue

A box with just enough space for one performer and one spectator.

S.F. Mayor Wants Tony Bennett on Every Radio Station

San Francisco hopes to honor “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” on Valentine's Day.

Valentine, Nebraska vs. Loveland, Colorado: Which One Is America's Ultimate Valentine's Day City?

Two U.S. towns lay claim to being the nation's best place to spend Valentine's. We'll be the judge of that.

Postcard From Portland, Oregon

A lecture on the Portland Zoo's breeding programs just in time for Valentine's Day.

What Makes a Space Lovable?

Preserving our built environment is easier when we're attached to it.

The Art of Capturing a City From a Rooftop

An interview with Toronto photographer Tom Ryaboi, who likes to capture the city from up high - way up high.

$10,000 Up for Grabs for Naming the 'World’s Best City'

The makers of the Economist Intelligence Unit's oft-criticized Liveable Cities index turn their efforts into a contest.

How Colleges Can Foster Development Zones

An ambitious plan in Providence utilizes Brown's medical and science campuses.

What's Behind the Urban Chicken Backlash

Are chickens pets-with-benefits or neighborhood nuisances that turn backyards into D.I.Y. slaughterhouses?

Not Every City Can Be the 'Most Bicycle-Friendly'

A few ideas for less competitive but still worthwhile city superlatives.

Map of the Day: Where the Government Workers Are

Besides D.C., which states boast the most federal employees?