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Rural America's Silent Housing Crisis

Accounting for only 20 percent of the population, residents of more isolated areas struggle to find a safe, affordable place to live—and to make anyone else care.

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The Uber Economy

Is the company destroying full-time work, entrenching us in part-time purgatory, or empowering America's most independent workers?

Alana Semuels

Should Urban Universities Help Their Neighbors?

The housing crisis decimated communities near the University of Chicago, now the school and other organizations are trying to stabilize them.

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Should Cities Have a Different Minimum Wage Than Their State?

Debates over wage-requirements are common at the federal and state level, but more municipalities are joining the conversation in an attempt to address variations in the cost of living.

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What to Do With a Dying Neighborhood

Covington, Georgia, decided not to let a half-completed development sit empty. But the city's solution has been both praised and vilified by observers.

Can Immigrants Save the Housing Market?

While some remain cynical about homeownership, the U.S.'s foreign-born population still regards it as a symbol of attaining the American Dream.

Alana Semuels

Why the Poor Are Struggling in America's Suburbs

The 'burbs are home to an increasing number of poor families. But it may prove more difficult to make it there than in cities.

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In the Search for Affordable Childcare, Location Is Everything

The cost of center-based services for children varies widely throughout the U.S., and so can the availability of financial assistance for low-income families.

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The City That Gave Its Residents $3 Million

Vallejo, California, residents were initially psyched to spend tax dollars on their pet projects. But things haven't turned out as they had hoped.

Fawn Johnson

Why Denver's Housing Crunch Might Cost the City Its Millennials

The rental market is tightening and paths to home ownership are few in the now-hip city.

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Looking to Fund a Clean Energy Project? You Need a Green Bank

New state-run investment funds could create a real marketplace for alternative energy projects—and bring down costs for all of us.

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Beer Consumption Is Still Down, So Why Is There a Brewery Boom?

The number of U.S. beermakers more than doubled between 2007 and 2012, despite a trend away from suds. That's because most newcomers are tiny and artisanal.

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How Cash-Strapped Towns Are Saving Fourth of July Fireworks

Independence Day celebrations are an economic boost for communities. And with budgets tight, there are several ways towns can avoid canceling their shows.

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A Win for the U.S. World Cup Team Is a Win for U.S. Bars and Restaurants

For several bars in Washington, D.C., sales have jumped 50 percent during World Cup games. The U.S. should win for pride. It should also win for the economy.

The Top 10 and Bottom 10 Places Gaining Employed People in the U.S.

With one caveat: While the number of employed people may decline in an area, that doesn't necessarily mean the unemployment rate is going up.

Sophie Quinton

How the University of Minnesota Turns Research Into Local Business Opportunities

Resources for entrepreneurs and industry partnerships have made it easier than ever for university inventions to hit the market.

Twin Cities RISE!

The Job Training Program That Actually Works

Twin Cities RISE! is a long-term, expensive program. It also saves the government money.

Sophie Quinton

The Neighborhood Development Dreams of the Twin Cities' Newest Light-Rail Line

Civic leaders in Minneapolis and St. Paul hope the Green Line will attract billions of dollars in economic growth.

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How the Twin Cities Hope to Get Ahead of Demographic Change

The mayor of Minneapolis talks about the challenges facing the Twin Cities and collaborative solutions for addressing them.