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The Rise of Invisible Work

Companies like Airbnb and Etsy are redefining what it means to have a "job." Is that good for the economy?

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The Truth About D.C.'s Growing Knowledge-Based Economy

The federal government plays a major role, but it is not the single largest industry in the region.

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Putting a Face to Spain's Crippling Unemployment

In 2012, Jose Manuel Abel moved to Munich in desperate search of a job. One year later, he's employed, but without his family.

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One Year After Sandy, Breezy Point Rebuilds

But flood insurance hikes may make this quiet beach-side neighborhood unaffordable for many residents.

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Vancouver Is About to Get the World's First Bitcoin ATM

The digital currency gets a neighborhood portal.

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The Lasting Impacts of Poverty on the Brain

Research finds that poor children are more likely to end up with impaired brain function as adults.

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The Plight of New York's Hidden Homeless: 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.

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Why Isn't There a More Robust 'Local Energy' Movement?

We claim to care about where our apples are grown, but few of us question the costs associated with relying on external energy to drive economic growth.

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How Hurricane Sandy Displaced Everyone It Touched

While the storm only forced some of us from our homes, it cost us all a way of life.

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There's Only One City in Europe With Both Ample Jobs and Cheap Housing

At least, that's how it feels to Europeans, according to a new survey.

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How Seattle Transformed Parking Without Spending a Fortune

The city's demand pricing program balances efficiency with affordability.

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America's Top 25 High-Tech Hotspots

How tech has won the recession, county by county.

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Why McDonald's Killed the Dollar Menu—in 1 Chart

A dollar ain't what it used to be.

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Will the U.S. Ever Get High-Speed Rail Anywhere?

California is on its way, and the Midwest, the Northeast Corridor, and Texas all have plans of their own.

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Where Opportunity Is Hardest to Find

A map of America's unequal economic mobility.

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The World's Worst Cities for Air Pollution Might Not Be the Ones You'd Expect

Exposure is getting worse in parts of the world, especially industrializing countries.

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How Much Is Paris Worth? According to a New Estimate, Just $956 Billion

France is buzzing about a new book that tries to put a price tag on the city, while also tracing its pattern of property ownership over time.

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The Metros That Sorely Need the U.S. Government to Keep Paying Its Bills

Where Americans depend the most on federal spending.

The French Are Building a Mall by the Eiffel Tower, and China Wants to Buy It

The country's bid to buy property in the heart of the City of Light.