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Why Big Cities Promote Less Innovation Than They Once Did

When it comes to new ideas, city size may not matter as much today as it did in the past.

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A 'Disheartening Portrait' of the U.S. Labor Force

American workers have a major skills deficit that varies by race, ethnicity, and nativity.

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The Peculiar Way New Orleans Warps Time: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

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The Jerde Partnership

Remembering America's Mall Maestro, Jon Jerde

America has lost a titan of design and planning. It's time that everyone learned his name.

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Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach

Where Have All the Construction Workers Gone?

Nevada now employs 60 percent fewer construction workers than it did during the housing boom. Some found new careers. Others left the country.

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Why Is America Dotted with Giant, Concrete Arrows?

These old air-mail beacons are visible all over the land (if you know where to look).

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Restaurant Day Has Become a Big Deal, Just Not in the U.S.

The pop-up food event that started in Helsinki four years ago has already spread to 68 countries around the world.

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America's Infrastructure Crisis Is Really a Maintenance Crisis

Here's what we can do about it.

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Louisiana's Threatened Coast Is Growing Patches of New Land

Is this an encouraging sign in the fight against rising sea levels?

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A 'Humans of New York' Treatment for City Streets

Meet the "Blocks of New York."

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The School for Young Refugees

In Clarkston, a small suburb of Atlanta, refugee kids settle into their new home at the Fugees Academy.

AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino

Rome's Prostitution Zone Controversy Can Be Traced Back to Bad City Planning Decisions

EUR was once one of Rome's more exclusive areas. It wasn't sex workers who caused its recent problems.

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Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

A Better Way to Help the Long-Term Unemployed

One successful program pays for an intensive training class, subsidizes wages for the jobless, and has an 80 percent placement rate. Can it be scaled?

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4 Maps Crucial to Understanding Europe's Population Shift

Despite economic growth in Central and Eastern Europe, the continent is still migrating to the Northwest.

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More Cities Should Make Mythbusting Maps Like This

An interactive map takes down D.C.'s urban legends. Expanded, it could offer a hyperlocal look at the lore of cities across the country.

Boxed Water

Is Boxed Water Actually Better?

Boxed Water Is Better is ... water, in a box instead of a bottle. But its main virtue is that Boxed Water is shipped better.

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Where Did All the Retail Jobs Go?

Since 2007, the private sector has added 2.4 million new jobs. Retail has lost 60,000.

Meagan Suzuki

How Urban Farming Could Change Hawaii

For all its lushness, the state imports the vast majority of its food. Advocates like Hunter Heaivilin think they have the solution.