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The Rise of People Living Alone Has Led to More Sustainable Cities

Single households tend to use more transit and live in multi-family homes.

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San Francisco's Bus and Rail Operators Demand Private Bathrooms (on Public Space)

All the news that's fit to print about toilets.

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The Sequester's Devastating Impact on America's Poor

It's fashionable to say the mandatory budgets cuts haven't been the predicted disaster. Cuts to programs like Head Start suggest otherwise.

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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

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Inside China's Plan to Build the Longest, Most Expensive, Most Dangerous Underwater Tunnel

At 76 miles long, it would surpass the combined length of world’s two longest underwater tunnels and cut through two fault lines.

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When Urban Security Cameras Actually Save Lives

Taxi driver homicide rates are three times lower in cities with in-car cameras.

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Exactly When Is a City Strong Enough to Spar With Walmart?

A delicate calculation.

An Effort to Gather the Best New Urban Policy Innovations in One Place

According to a survey of 200 experts.

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Why Walmart Still Hasn't Crushed the Regional Grocery Store

Brand loyalty still plays a big role even though supermarkets mostly sell all the same stuff.

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Amy Sullivan

How a Simple Piece of Legislation Transformed a City's Entire Economy

Sioux Falls used to be a sleepy agriculture town. Now, it's one of the country's leading banking centers.

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Cars and Houses Will Save the American Economy

Unless Washington gets in the way.

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The Connection Between Venture Capital and Diverse, Dense Communities

Start-up activity today is associated with more talent-driven, more innovative metros.

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That's Right, Los Angeles Is Giving Up Car Lanes for Pedestrians

Six lanes of traffic will be reduced to three in the city's plan to improve the walkability of Broadway.

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How Sunshine Shapes Cities' Population Growth, in One Chart

The grand conclusion? Americans love warm weather.

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Amy Sullivan

Is Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the Next Boom Town?

Mayor Mike Huether wants you to know that North Dakota isn't the only state boasting low unemployment and a growing population.

MPI's Zara Matheson

High-Tech Challengers to Silicon Valley

San Jose's lock on high-tech activity is no longer what it once was.

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How Africa's New Urban Centers Are Shifting Its Old Colonial Boundaries

The continent's booming new economic zones are outstripping the ability of weak central governments to retain their hold on them.

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Overcoming the 'Ick' Factor in Urban Composting

Simplifying both the message and the process has worked wonders for San Francisco.

Albert Duce

A Remarkably Simple Idea to End the Cycle of Abandoned Factories

Make the companies that build these places buy insurance policies to pay for dismantling them.