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The Host City Always Loses the Super Bowl

Historically the event has hurt local taxpayers and the poor, and Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco is shaping up to be no different.

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The Midwives of El Paso

For women at the border, where to give birth is a matter of enormous consequence. A birthing-center industry has flourished as a result.

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New York Has a Streetcar Plan That Isn't Totally Awful

That said, the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront connector is far from perfect.

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Which Political Party Looks Out for the Middle Class?

One side does slightly better than the other, in the eyes of the American public.

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How Iowa's Demographics Explain the Caucus Results

The state is racially homogenous but politically complex.

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Late Trains Aren't Amtrak's Biggest Problem

A new analysis points to an even bigger impediment to ridership.

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New Houston Mayor to Texas DOT: Wider Roads Mean More Traffic

“The traditional strategy of adding capacity … exacerbates urban congestion problems.”

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The Economic Impact of College Graduates on Local Economies

A college education has its personal advantages, but it’s critical to thriving cities as well.

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The Case for Keeping Immigrant Newspapers Alive

They’re a crucial way to engage an already hard-to-reach group of city residents.

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Why So Many Cubans Grow Their Own Food

For decades, activists have promoted urban agriculture on the outskirts of Havana.

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A 'Night Mayor' Is Transforming Amsterdam After Dark

The Dutch capital’s concept is already spreading to other major cities.

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The Case for Branding More Immigrant Neighborhoods in Detroit

“We have Mexicantown, we have Greektown. So, let’s have Banglatown.”

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Where Sprawl Makes It Tougher to Rise Up the Social Ranks

Dense metros tend to offer more economic opportunity than less compact cities do.

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Chinese Engineers Move 2 Huge Bridges 90 Degrees in 1.5 Hours


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The Rise of Global Startup Cities

Venture capital investment is extremely spiky, but remains concentrated among a select group of cities.

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More Americans Are Going Hungry in the Suburbs

As poverty and hunger spread, charities must figure out how to serve dispersed pockets of need.

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Jobs Are Increasing in Britain—But Not Wages

The U.K.’s recovery echoes patterns found in the U.S.

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Mapping Snow Plow Activity in Washington, D.C.

Winter Storm Jonas has come and gone. Has your street recovered?

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Can Cities Afford to Trust Walmart?

The discount giant is closing 269 stores worldwide—and not even bothering to build stores it promised in poor neighborhoods.