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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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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

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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.

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44 Percent of Young College Grads Are Underemployed (and That's Good News)

Sure, the number sounds scary. But historically speaking, it's more normal than you think.

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Homes Near Public Transit Are Less Likely to Go Into Default

Also, living near a freeway or suffering through long commutes ups your risk of foreclosure.

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Dutch Coffee Shop Owners Found Guilty of Selling Cannabis to Foreigners

The country's reputation as a haven of drug tolerance took a knock yesterday.

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Is the U.S. Turning Into a Nation of Temps? Depends on Where You Live

Temporary employment accounted for 15 percent of the nation's job growth over the past four years, but some metro areas are worse off than others.

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Map: The Most Famous Brand From Every State

The first map we've ever seen showing a Hooters next to Saks.

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Mapping the People Left Behind by the Knowledge Economy

What happens when workers follow manufacturing work to a city's fringe, only to find that service jobs have returned downtown?

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Can San Jose Really Sue Its Way to a Major League Baseball Team?

The city has filed a lawsuit against MLB for stalling the A's move from Oakland. But there's surely a non-litigious deal to be made here.

Sarah Goodyear

Want to Keep Kids From Skipping School? These Teens Have Some Ideas

New York’s Youth Justice Board has produced a compelling set of recommendations to reduce truancy rates.

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In the Climate Change Economy, It's About Efficiency, Not Just Growth

North American cities are producing substantially less wealth per ton of greenhouse gas emissions than their European counterparts.