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In Miami, Weed Whacking as Protest Art

Tired of asking the government to tend to sidewalk overgrowth, a group of friends took matters into their own hands

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Smart Growth Advocates Shouldn't Ignore Rural Communities

Small towns deserve funding too

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The Smart Growth Priority Advocates Are Forgetting

Land conservation should be central to sustainable communities

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The Uncomfortable Relationship Between Bikes and Red Lights

Study finds that Portland cyclists regularly run reds

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The Best Smart Growth Projects in America

The EPA's newly released list includes a green learning center and an innovative civic gathering space

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The End of Sprawl

Businesses are moving downtown, the suburban office park is basically extinct - is a more urban future inevitable?

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Galveston's Post-Hurricane Clean Slate

In the wake of the Hurricane Ike, the city is radically rebuilding its affordable housing to make it greener and more diverse 

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The Opera House Effect

Why performance spaces built in the 18th century predict which cities will thrive 200 years later

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Why Preservationists Must Be Picky

If we try to save everything, we risk losing our credibility

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For Once, the Federal Government Gets Sustainability Right

A new line of HUD grants will help communities improve their planning, mass transit and walkability

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How Hamburg Became Europe's Greenest City

A spate of new development projects will make the city more walkable

Chuck Wolfe

Resetting Urban Land Use: What’s Next?

A new report predicts how - and where - we'll be living in the near future

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Needed: An Economic Performance Index for Cities

Better metrics would allow for increased investment in the world's metro areas

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America's Best Clean Water Cities

Philadelphia has the nation's best practices according to a new report from the NRDC

Kai Hagen

A Good Use for all Those Empty Suburban Developments

Farmers are reclaiming unused sprawl to grow crops

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So Are People Moving Back to the City or Not?

A new analysis shows downtown cores are gaining population, but the numbers are still up for debate

Mark Byrnes

How Porches, Towel Warmers, and Floor Tiles Explain Our Changing Society

A survey on trends in home design offers surpising insights into the American zeitgeist

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How the Plummeting Price of Cocaine Fueled the Nationwide Drop in Violent Crime

Competition in the illicit drug trade and reduced incentives for small-time dealers all coincided with this dramatic shift in U.S. cities

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How Cincinnati Defeated the Streetcar Haters ... Again

For the second time, voters approved a light rail line downtown