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Sorry, London: New York Is the World's Most Economically Powerful City

Our new ranking puts the Big Apple firmly on top.

How Boston's Gravediggers Are Dealing With the Region's Heavy Snow

Some Massachusetts cemeteries have had to halt burials in the snowbound state.

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A Farewell to Mallrats

Malls around the country are closing, leaving teens with one fewer place to just be.

What We Still Need To Learn From Spock's Utopianism

Leonard Nimoy's Spock represented the aspirational, utopian thinking that Americans are still desperate to see accomplished in their lifetimes—and in their cities.

The Best of City Makers

Looking back on our series about the people and ideas changing cities around the world.

Bad Weather: Better for Work, Terrible for Everything Else

Now is the winter of our productivity.

How Gary, Indiana, Got Serious About Tackling Blight

The mayor of Gary is determined to stop a tide of vacant, neglected buildings in her post-industrial city. Data-rich parcel mapping is the first step.

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One Photographer's Mission to Document How Every State Lives

Carol M. Highsmith is out to create a comprehensive visual record of the U.S.—and she's donating it all.

Forget Wine Tasting—Brooklyn Is Getting Hot Sauce Tasting

The Heatonist store will offer 150 varieties of fiery goodness.

Maps

Help New York Build a Digital Time Machine

The New York Public Library needs a hand with its ambitious "Google Maps of yesteryears" project.

Videos

Drones Are Getting in on the Building-Demolition Game

But their presence during implosions is making some people unhappy.

Can These Colorful Garbage Trucks Make Trash Collection ... Cool?

Valparaiso, Chile's third-largest city, is tackling its garbage problem with a new fleet of brightly painted trucks.

Young People Are Pulling Jobs Back to City Centers

A new analysis suggests that jobs previously lost to the suburbs are returning to the core.

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Why the Gap Between Worker Pay and Productivity Is So Problematic

Labor has become more efficient and profitable, but employees aren't sharing in the benefits.

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How 14,000 Workers Managed to Slow Down the Entire Economy

Longshoremen play an indispensable role in getting 90 percent of consumer goods into the country—and they know how to use that to their advantage.

Almost No Cities Own Their Names on Twitter

Cities need to get on-brand with their brands, because the situation is hilariously bad.

The Scientific Case for Latte Superiority

Foamy liquids have stronger structural integrity and are less likely to slosh all over your lap, according to new research.

Videos

Blowing Up What 'Success' Means in Inner-City Education Reform

The new documentary Southeast 67 tracks 67 kids from Southeast D.C. who were granted college scholarships in the 1990s.