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What 27 Weeks of Unemployment Does to the American Worker

Though the economy is improving, a third of those still looking for work have been jobless for more than six months.

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As Expo 2015 Nears, Milan Embraces the Sharing Economy

Milan is about to get 20 million visitors over six months. It will be the biggest test yet of "collaborative consumption."

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With Less Pollution, L.A. Kids Are Growing Stronger Lungs

Millennial children have better respiratory health than did those in the smoggy '90s.

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The Cowboys of Compton

"You're going to be a gangbanger or you're going to be a cowboy. You can't be both."

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Which Lucky Tree Will Be Crowned 'European Tree of the Year' Tomorrow?

We're rooting for the Slovakian mulberry.

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Why Are We Still Calling Postal Workers 'Mailmen'?

It's an outdated way to refer to letter carriers, of whom more than a third are women.

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The Forgotten Story of America's First EMT Services

A new documentary tells how a paramedic unit from a troubled part of Pittsburgh became a national model.

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A New Campaign Takes Aim at New York's Growing Chain Stores

#SaveNYC was inspired by a similar effort to help local businesses in London, but it also has detractors.

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Sorry, London: New York Is the World's Most Economically Powerful City

Our new ranking puts the Big Apple firmly on top.

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How Boston's Gravediggers Are Dealing With the Region's Heavy Snow

Some Massachusetts cemeteries have had to halt burials in the snowbound state.

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A Farewell to Mallrats

Malls around the country are closing, leaving teens with one fewer place to just be.

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What We Still Need To Learn From Spock's Utopianism

Leonard Nimoy's Spock represented the aspirational, utopian thinking that Americans are still desperate to see accomplished in their lifetimes—and in their cities.

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The Best of City Makers

Looking back on our series about the people and ideas changing cities around the world.

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Bad Weather: Better for Work, Terrible for Everything Else

Now is the winter of our productivity.

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How Gary, Indiana, Got Serious About Tackling Blight

The mayor of Gary is determined to stop a tide of vacant, neglected buildings in her post-industrial city. Data-rich parcel mapping is the first step.

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One Photographer's Mission to Document How Every State Lives

Carol M. Highsmith is out to create a comprehensive visual record of the U.S.—and she's donating it all.

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Forget Wine Tasting—Brooklyn Is Getting Hot Sauce Tasting

The Heatonist store will offer 150 varieties of fiery goodness.

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Help New York Build a Digital Time Machine

The New York Public Library needs a hand with its ambitious "Google Maps of yesteryears" project.