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Keeping an Eye On (and In) Recycling Bins

A Florida town tests a monitoring system that makes sure its residents are recycling properly.

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Reuters

When Preparing for Major Events, How Should Cities Balance Civil Rights and Security?

As Chicago readies to host the G8 and NATO summits, its police force gets ready for what could be a historic gathering of protesters.

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Why Every City Should Be Planting Rain Gardens

They save lots of money - and that's just their most obvious benefit.

How We Plowed Before Snow Plows Were Invented

A short history of snow removal in America's cities.

Reuters

Venture Capital Shifts Downtown

Boston is wooing venture capital away from its suburbs.

How Home Builders Are Selling Green

Energy-efficient homes are cheaper in the long run, and that's what buyers want 

Reuters

GPS, Smartphones, and the Dumbing Down of Personal Navigation

Does a controversial new app herald the death of street smarts?

'You Are Listening to New York'

A new website mixes live streams of police chatter with ambient music

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Google

Googling the City's Edge

Lessons learned from comparing city borders on Google Maps

Reuters

How to Fix America's Least Innovative Industry: Construction

The process of erecting a new building hasn't changed substantially in 50 years. Why is that?

Mark Byrnes

San Diego Pushes Hard on Electric Vehicles

A public/private partnership that will help better understand EV consumer behavior

Mobility Lab

An R&D Lab for Transit Tech Tools

Arlington County's Mobility Lab experiments with high-tech ways to help people get over their transit phobias

Mark Brynes

In New York, Growing a Technology Hub

The city invests millions to build a state-of-the-art technology campus

Ball State University

A College Campus Offers a Glimpse of a Geothermal Future

Ball State University is halfway through a project that will dramatically cut its campus carbon emissions and cities are taking notice

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The City as Urban Whirlpool

A new Google map hack lets you create wild, trippy images of your favorite city streets 

Six Urbanist Themes for 2012

From Twitter to "third places," here are some innovative urban ideas that aren't going away

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Designer Shelters for Cities' Stray Cats

New York creates a new kind of shelter to help the city track its feral cat population

Green Mountain Data Center

A Natural Cooling System for an Underground Norwegian Data Farm

The Green Mountain Data Center will reduce its operating costs by cooling itself with water from an adjacent fjord