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In This Rio Favela, DJ Skills Come Free

The school Spin Rocinha teaches young Brazilians how to DJ, no charge.  

How Boston Won the U.S. Bid for the 2024 Olympic Games

The city has colleges as infrastructure and hosts a huge sporting event every year. The Big Dig may have even worked in its favor.

How Wide Is the Preschool Attendance Gap in the U.S.?

Children in low-income households are far less likely to attend preschool.

America's Best Performing Cities in 2014

The knowledge and energy hubs of San Francisco and Texas are among the year’s biggest economic winners.

Can Columbus, Ohio, Become a Sports Capital?

"One of the smallest big-league cities" in the country aims to super-size its reputation by hosting big-name games.

Why D.C. Better Hope It Wins the U.S. Olympic Bid

The city is already sticking itself with the worst downsides of hosting the games. At least this way, it would be forced to make crucial improvements.

Why a Denver Suburb Has Gone All-In for Farming

Want to start an urban farm without permitting hassles? Dreaming of dwarf goats in your yard? Move to Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

Ohio City Changes Name Because... Sports

As the Ohio State Buckeyes prepare for a championship game against the Oregon Ducks, the city of Oregon, Ohio, gets a ridiculous new name.

Can the 'Godfather' of New Louisville Revive One More Neighborhood?

Gill Holland pulled off a stunning success in Louisville's East Market area. Now he wants to do it again, across town in Portland.

The World's Most Worker-Friendly Countries, in 7 Charts

From legally enshrined vacations to how far an hour’s wage will go.

The 'Indian Banksy' Asks Viewers to Reconsider the Democracy of Art

Anonymous street artist "Guesswho" questions the place of contemporary art in India.

How Argentina's 'Loony Radio' Is Changing Attitudes About Mental Health

Broadcast from inside a mental hospital, Buenos Aires' Radio La Colifata challenges preconceptions about mental illness.

The Tragic Comedy of Small Business Permitting

A New Year’s resolution for cities: Quit drowning small businesses in outdated red tape.

How Vista, California, Became the Capital of Craft Beer

In just the past few years, a suburb of San Diego has become a national destination for beer brewers and connoisseurs.

Should We All Be Eating Reindeer Meat?

A British supermarket is under fire for selling reindeer steaks. Is this "sick novelty for profit," or an eco-smart protein option?

Welcome to the Startup Tijuana

With the violence of the drug war behind it, the border city is experiencing a boom of arts and startup activity, spurred by the group Reactivando Espacios.  

Can an Art Collector Save a Portland Ruin?

Jordan Schnitzer wants to turn the long-dilapidated Centennial Mills into the city's next revitalized neighborhood—even if it means reaching into his own pocket.

Where Can Singaporeans Relax? At the Comedy Club

In a city-state that's wary of talk about race and religion, a burgeoning stand-up scene offers a welcome respite.