FOCUS: Renewal

Stories of Urban Reinvention

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People Live and Work in Downtown Pittsburgh. How Can the City Get Them to Shop There?

Rather than trying to lure major retailers onto certain sites, the city is creating places Pittsburghers want to go and hoping business will follow.

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Cyclists and Pedestrians Can End Up Spending More Each Month Than Drivers

They may buy less per visit. But over the course of a month, bikers out-consumed drivers at bars, restaurants and convenience stores.

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How Our Current Tax System Is Failing Cities

Levying fees on income and property just isn't working anymore. Cities need to be able to charge people who commute in.

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What Made Newark Teachers Agree to Pay Reform?

It's the first city in the country to create a comprehensive merit pay system. Here's how they did it.

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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

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Car Elevators: Not Just for Rich People

Automated parking garages are now popping up on both coasts. Could this save dense cities space?

This Could Be the Key to Making Downtowns Greener

This green wall out of the University of Washington could bring plant life to dense urban areas where green space is hard to come by.

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How Places Like Columbus, Indiana, Outrank Silicon Valley

These smaller cities shine when it comes to attracting and keeping jobs.

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Paying Retail Workers a Little Better Can Make a Huge Difference

A Black Friday look at the geography of retail workers' wages.

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The Real Estate Deal That Could Change the Future of Everything

Two Washington, D.C., developers set out to democratize how commercial buildings are developed, and in the process they've invented an entirely new model of finance.

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To Get America Growing Again, We Have to Look to Our Most Productive Metro Areas

The United States is not just as a single national economy but a collection of city and metro economies, and they're growing at starkly different rates.

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L.A. Moves Forward With Its Own Immigration Reform

The nation's second-largest city has approved ID cards aimed at helping the otherwise undocumented.

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How Nonprofits Can End Up Becoming a Drain on City Budgets

Municipal governments can't sit idly by while tax-exempt organizations get services for free.

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This DIY Traffic Counter Could Change Everything About Transportation Planning

A $139 device that community groups, neighborhood associations, and advocacy organizations can use to gather data on their own.

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The Strike Is Over, But Chicago Public Schools Face an Even Uglier Fight

Officials may close as many as 100 public schools in Chicago this year. But the politics of right-sizing are never easy.

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These Are the Cities That Can Show Us How to Create Jobs

America's most competitive large metros for job growth.

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Power Outlets for the People

Thanks to Sandy, New Yorkers have created an informal network of public phone-charging stations. But why did they have to?

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Meet the Independent Video Stores Making It in the Age of Netflix

There aren't many left, but the ones that have hung on are winning by specializing and moving into the events business.

The Blog Igniting Omaha's Tech Scene

In a city where humbleness is a virtue, Silicon Prairie News helps entrepreneurs shout from the rooftops.

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Lessons From a Reinvented Military Base

The story of how this urban asset was re-purposed holds truths for cities engaged in similar transformations.