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Could Free Rent Bring Oakland's Downtown to Life?

The city's commercial center still feels depressingly lifeless. "Popuphood" wants to change that, fast.

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Oakland's Bid to Become a Solar-Power Hub

The rise of solar-power companies and other solar innovators has created a future-oriented economic sector for the city.

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Austin's Weird Festival-Based Economy

How does the home of SXSW deal with the challenges of loud music venues and constantly exploding tourist populations? By recognizing these are good problems to have.

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There's an Obvious Way to Make Community Colleges Better: Let's Rank Them

A relatively pain-free way to make these schools accountable to their students.

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What Happens When a City Becomes Too Popular?

Raleigh regularly tops "Best City" lists. Mayor Nancy McFarlane explains why that can be a challenge.

James Oliphant

The GOP Plan to Sabotage Raleigh's Successful Growth

The area attracts more young families than any other. But conservative attacks on public education could change that.

Nancy Cook

Why Chattanooga Doesn't Need Facebook

The city isn't looking for the next big thing. Instead, its cultivated a pipeline of small companies and innovative manufacturers.

Nancy Cook

The Dark Side of Chattanooga's Tech Revolution

Companies like Amazon and Volkswagen have flocked to the city. But many working class residents still can't find a good job.

Nancy Cook

The Secret to Chattanooga's Downtown Revival Was There All Along

How the city turned the Tennessee River into one of its biggest selling points.

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Chattanooga, America's Next High-Tech Hub?

Tennessee was once the worst state in the country for new business creation. How one Southern city is trying to change that.

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If You Build It, They Will Come: How Cleveland Lured Young Professionals Downtown

It's easy, really: create places people want to be.

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We Could Have Fixed the Underwater Mortgage Crisis a Long Time Ago

This surprisingly simple solution is win-win, if only the banks would sign on.

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Could You Run Your City on Oats?

What metros can learn from universities' efforts to go green.

Amy Sullivan

How a Simple Piece of Legislation Transformed a City's Entire Economy

Sioux Falls used to be a sleepy agriculture town. Now, it's one of the country's leading banking centers.

Amy Sullivan

The Coffeehouse That Political Consulting Built

Steve Hildebrand knew field operations better than anyone in politics. Now he serves espresso and panini to the people of Sioux Falls.

Amy Sullivan

Is Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the Next Boom Town?

Mayor Mike Huether wants you to know that North Dakota isn't the only state boasting low unemployment and a growing population.

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How a Restaurant With No Cash Registers and No Prices Makes Money

Panera Bread's pay-what-you-want cafés are a bold experiment. Can the chain do good and well at the same time?

Sophie Quinton

The Public-Private Partnership Whisperer

Living Cities CEO Ben Hecht is reinventing how cities leverage investment for big projects.

Sophie Quinton

How Milwaukee Could Transform Itself Into the 'Silicon Valley' of Fresh Water

Inside the city's ambitious plans to become a hub of water-related technology and innovation.