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The World's Most Worker-Friendly Countries, in 7 Charts

From legally enshrined vacations to how far an hour’s wage will go.

Guesswho

The 'Indian Banksy' Asks Viewers to Reconsider the Democracy of Art

Anonymous street artist "Guesswho" questions the place of contemporary art in India.

Irene Caselli

How Argentina's 'Loony Radio' Is Changing Attitudes About Mental Health

Broadcast from inside a mental hospital, Buenos Aires' Radio La Colifata challenges preconceptions about mental illness.

Aaron Starr / xtranormal

The Tragic Comedy of Small Business Permitting

A New Year’s resolution for cities: Quit drowning small businesses in outdated red tape.

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How Vista, California, Became the Capital of Craft Beer

In just the past few years, a suburb of San Diego has become a national destination for beer brewers and connoisseurs.

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Should We All Be Eating Reindeer Meat?

A British supermarket is under fire for selling reindeer steaks. Is this "sick novelty for profit," or an eco-smart protein option?

Hernan Cazares

Welcome to the Startup Tijuana

With the violence of the drug war behind it, the border city is experiencing a boom of arts and startup activity, spurred by the group Reactivando Espacios.  

Brian Libby

Can an Art Collector Save a Portland Ruin?

Jordan Schnitzer wants to turn the long-dilapidated Centennial Mills into the city's next revitalized neighborhood—even if it means reaching into his own pocket.

Wilson Wong/Flickr

Where Can Singaporeans Relax? At the Comedy Club

In a city-state that's wary of talk about race and religion, a burgeoning stand-up scene offers a welcome respite.

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Leah Thompson

Inside China's 'Back to the Land' Movement

At the same time China is rapidly urbanizing, a new documentary explores how some former city-dwellers are trying to revitalize the countryside.

Frank Mullin

A Providence Library Becomes a Sort of Secular Church

Athenaeums—membership libraries—might seem like fusty relics of the 19th century. But the Providence Athenaeum has become a lively center for intellectual engagement.

Courtesy of Catherine McNeur

When Gentrification Meant Driving the Hogs Out of Manhattan

In 19th-century New York, urban livestock were perceived as a threat to the image and future of the nation's largest city.

Next Economy
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In the Search for Affordable Childcare, Location Is Everything

The cost of center-based services for children varies widely throughout the U.S., and so can the availability of financial assistance for low-income families.

Gustav Hoiland/Flagship Photo

Is This What 'Innovation' Looks Like?

As cities go wild for innovation, Boston's award-winning District Hall tries to distill the concept into physical form.

George Eastman House

The Death and Life of the 13-Month Calendar

Favored by leaders in transportation and logistics, the International Fixed Calendar was a favorite of Kodak founder George Eastman, whose company used it until 1989.

AP images

On Immigration, Gaining the Support of Mayors Is as Much Practical as It Is Political

Cities with large foreign-born populations are likely to process the bulk of applicants following Obama's executive order.

Connie Ma/Flickr

In Southwest Chicago, Environmental Groups Must Also Grapple With a Sluggish Economy

After working together to shut down a pair of coal plants, three grassroots organizations no longer see exactly eye to eye on the best way forward for their community.

Flickr/That Hartford Guy

Go to ... Hartford, Young Man?

The financial prospects of young adults in the U.S. look pretty grim across the board. But not in Hartford.