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America's Federal Employment Belt

How the federal government shapes job markets beyond D.C. – in Honolulu, Virginia Beach, and across the Sunbelt.

Aaron Cassara

'I Always Knew I Would Come Back' to Pittsburgh

Young Pittsburghers today are finding there's no place like home.

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Madrid's Streets Are Covered in Garbage

The city's 6,000 cleaners have been on strike for more than a week. That's bad news for anyone who wants to walk outside.

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The Messy, Messy Relationship Between Income (and Race) and Obesity

The groups with the lowest obesity rates? The richest white women and the poorest black men.

All Aboard Florida

Is Florida About to Enter a 'Golden Age' of Rail?

Trains may finally be able to compete with cars.

Aaron Cassara

Jersey City: Cheaper, Yes, But Also a Real Sense of Community

New York-area Millennials moving there are finding a lot more than just low rent.

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America's Biggest City Governments Are Still Struggling to Recover From the Recession

Revenues in more than two-thirds of the country's largest municipal governments had not bounced back to their pre-recession levels by 2011.

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What Counts as a Living Wage in London?

The mayor says it's $14.15 (or £8.80) per hour, but has no plans to introduce legislation to force employers to pay it.

Adam Minter

How China Became the World's Junkyard Capital

The country is at the center of the international scrap recycling universe, and the environmental impacts aren't always pretty.

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Clam Juice and Lobster Bisque Turned Around a Tiny Maine Town

Community-development corporations aren't just for cities. Their support can jump-start a rural economy, too.

Aaron Cassara

'I Wanted to Be Successful, and I Could Do That in Houston'

Young professionals see the Texas boom town as a bastion of the traditional American Dream.

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3 Missed Chances to Pay for New York's Subway Expansions

It's time to cover the costs of transit investments by capturing the rising value of adjacent land.

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The Workforce Is Even More Divided by Race Than You Think

The labor market is stratified, if not calcified, by race, with whites seeing much higher wages and lower unemployment than blacks and Hispanics.

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Why These Midwest Millennials Are Choosing Milwaukee Over Chicago

"I don't have to work seven days a week here to pay the bills and do what I want to do."

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Why It's So Incredibly Difficult to Fight Urban Inequality

The most successful programs require huge cash investments and federal assistance — tough to come by in these troubled times.

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Yep, Being a Young, American Adult Is a Financial Nightmare

Here are the graphs to prove it.

These Are Blockbuster's Last Remaining U.S. Stores

And they'll all be gone by January.

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Where This Season's NBA Players Come From: L.A., New York and ... Saginaw, Michigan?

Big cities may produce the most players, but the smaller ones have much higher efficiency ratings. 

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More Billionaires Live in Beijing Than in Los Angeles

But that may change next year.