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Urban Land Conservancy

Part Land Bank, Part Community-Focused Credit Line

Denver's Urban Land Conservancy aims to put transit-oriented development to work for the greater good.

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Just How Bad Were Cleveland's Police Abuses?

Pretty bad, according to a report from the Justice Department.

Marble Fairbanks Architects with James Lima Planning + Development, Leah Meisterlin, and Special Project Office

5 Design Concepts for New York's Branch Library of the Future

From 24-hour, ATM-style vestibules to library cards that double as subway fares.

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How to 'Live Slow' in the City That Never Stops

William Powers, author of New Slow City, rebels against America's obsession with stuff, long work hours, and quick fixes.

Breathe Project

A New Tool for Tracking Pittsburgh's Bad Air

The 'Breathe Project' lets residents watch neighborhood pollution levels change by the minute.

New York City Department of Records

Life Inside the Drunk, Rowdy World of New Amsterdam

A collection of newly digitized ordinances from the 17th-century settlement that would become New York City reveals a riotous city full of crime, trash, and “insolent practices with sad accidents of bodily injury.”

IGI-USA

What the World Doesn't Need Are Steampunk Luxury Condos

A new Manhattan development is geared towards rich, "creative" people who want all the glamor of the wretched 19th century, but also really nice hardwood floors.

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A Wider Wage Gap Means More African-American Deaths, but Not White Ones

A new study reveals race plays a surprisingly major role in the number of deaths that income inequality contributes to.

Kim Stringfellow

The Last Homesteads of Wonder Valley, California

Remnants of a final wave of federal land grants, hundreds of 1950s "jackrabbit homesteads" still haunt a distant corner of the Mojave desert.

Damon Davis

In Ferguson and St. Louis, an Artist's Quiet Outrage

Damon Davis has long created dynamic works that have helped his divided hometown of St. Louis communicate. In the wake of the Michael Brown case, he's been called to make art that is itself a form of protest.

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Is Memphis Making (Another) Massive Mistake With Its Pyramid?

A giant Bass Pro Shops outlet is set to move into the infamous landmark. But the city could be on the hook for millions if the deal falls apart.

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China Wants Its Urban Artists to Head for the Countryside

300 million rural Chinese are projected to move into cities by 2050. So why is the government pushing artists to celebrate its old ways?

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A Brief History of Die-In Protests

The somber form of civil disobedience has distinctly American roots.

Reuters

A Massive Arts Center Will Test the Legacy of the 2012 London Olympics

Two years after hosting the Olympics, London is putting down more cash to build an arts and education facility on the former site. Will the city's poorest residents benefit this time?

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When Cops Violate Civil Rights, It's City Taxpayers Who Pay

Of $735 million in damages collected between 2006 and 2011, officers paid less than .02 percent.

Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

The Incredible Shrinking Incomes of Young Americans

Millennials aren't saving money because they aren't making money.

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Why Cities Can't Afford to Lose Their Artists

A look at America's leading arts hubs and their roles in economic development.

Rogue

Brewers Have Made Sriracha Sauce Into a 'Hot Stout'

Just don't try adding it to pho.

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The Hyperloop Is 'Insane,' Says Head of Hyperloop Design Program

A UCLA research studio is confronting the challenges of America's favorite fanciful flying tube.