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Why GE Moved to Boston, According to Its CEO

“You’re in the middle of an ecosystem that quite honestly for a big company, it makes you afraid.”

Alex Brandon/AP

Flint Wins Funding in the Latest Congressional Budget Standoff

Now, will the state come through?

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Max Galka/Metrocosm

Envisioning U.S. Traffic as a Bloody Circulatory System

People often compare highways to arteries; Max Galka decided to make that literal.

Amy Fallon

How Kampala Is Building a Culture of Taxpaying

It starts with making paying bills a whole lot easier.

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The Tokyo Company Helping to Solve Japan's Farming Crisis

Human resources firm Pasona sends city slickers to the countryside to learn the trade.

Jim Young/Reuters

Why Chicago Needs to Focus on Unsolved Murders: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A round-up of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

Katie Martin/CityLab

The Unlikely Trick of the Smithsonian's New African American Museum

The Smithsonian's newest museum—and the last on the National Mall—is deceptively large.

Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Predictable Schedules Are the New $15 Minimum Wage

Following San Francisco’s lead, Seattle and New York City have introduced initiatives to regularize workers’ hours.

Laura Buckman/Reuters

The New Realities of Talent Attraction

Some U.S. counties are clearly doing a better job of attracting and keeping skilled workers than others.

Alan Diaz/AP

The Price of Mass Deportation

Trump wants to deport 11 million immigrants. Here are the likely economic consequences of that.

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Hector Mata/Reuters

L.A.'s Boost to Small Businesses

A new online portal will guide entrepreneurs through layers of bureaucratic red tape.

Jakub Marian

Europe's Disposable Income, Mapped

A striking visualization shows how much buying power average Europeans really have after tax.

Noah Berger/Reuters

Black-White Wage Gaps Are Wider Than in 1979

Discrimination is a key reason why.

Issei Kato/Reuters

Japan's War on Overwork

In an effort to combat a culture of runaway overtime, Tokyo’s governor recently announced that municipal employees must head home by 8 p.m.

MIT Senseable City Lab / AMS Institute

Next Up: Self-Driving Boats, Because of Course

In cities like Amsterdam, “Roboats” could also function as temporary floating infrastructure.

Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC

How the New Smithsonian African American Museum Works

A floor-by-floor preview of the most anticipated—and last—museum to come to the National Mall.

Gabriel Wildau/Reuters

The Chinese City Bursting With Tchotchkes

In Yiwu, vendors in a gargantuan warehouse peddle the cheap goods the world knows so well.

Timothy Vollmer/Flickr

Earnings Are Rising, Along With the Damned Rent

New Census findings show an increase in incomes and a decrease in poverty, but rents are rising.

Katya Horner

In Houston, an Underground Cistern Is a New Temple for Art

“There were very few people outside the water system who knew this massive space was there.”