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Manuel Alvarez Diestro

Fighting a Housing Crisis, Egypt Builds Towers in the Desert

A photographer captures these monumental dwellings in all their surreal detail.

Urban Institute

See What Your City Will Be Like in 15 Years

An interactive tool forecasts U.S. metro demographics circa 2030.

Pool/Reuters

Poll: Spending on Infrastructure Is a Top Priority for Americans

Democrats and Republicans are at an impasse on infrastructure funding, but a majority of Americans support new spending on such investment.  

Luxafor

This 'Do Not Disturb' Light Fends Off Chatty Coworkers

The glowing laptop accessory is meant to increase productivity in distracting open offices.

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How Local Sales Taxes Target the Poor and Widen the Income Gap

A new report shows that low-income Americans are taxed at twice the rate as the richest one percent.

Flickr/Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York

Inequality and the Growth of Cities

As metro areas grow and prosper, inequality doesn't have to be a given.

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To Save a Bar, Sometimes You Must Pick It Up and Move It Down the Street

Rather than let a pub fall to developers, a community transplanted the whole thing.

Enrique Marcarian/Reuters

Fighting for Basic Services, and News, in the Slums

The media project Mundo Villa chronicles life good and bad in the informal settlements of Buenos Aires.

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How Your Neighborhood Affects Your Paycheck

The part of town where you live—and especially where you grew up—can profoundly affect lifetime earnings.

Next Economy
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Should Cities Have a Different Minimum Wage Than Their State?

Debates over wage-requirements are common at the federal and state level, but more municipalities are joining the conversation in an attempt to address variations in the cost of living.

Haynsworth Photography

The Restaurant of Second Chances

Acclaimed Dallas chef Chad Houser opens a permanent home for Café Momentum, giving on-the-job training to young offenders.

CityFixer
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Just Because You Can't Find a Place to Park Doesn't Mean There Aren't Way Too Many Parking Spots

A new analysis of 27 mixed-use areas finds that parking in U.S. metro areas is, on average, oversupplied by 65 percent.

Associated Press

Mohammed Is the Most Common New York Taxi Driver Name

A data scientist ranks the city's top 20 names for cabbies.

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Not Everyone's Internal Clock Is Set for the 9-to-5

Sleep disorders put some workers out of sync with traditional schedules and are estimated to cost employers $2,000 per employee in lost productivity every year.

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The Golden Gate Bridge Gets a Big 'Zipper'

The moveable traffic barrier is designed to prevent head-on wrecks.

Michael Dwyer/AP

Beantown Responds to #Boston2024

One Twitter user's suggested Olympics motto: "Fastah, Highah, Wicked Strong."

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In This Rio Favela, DJ Skills Come Free

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

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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.