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MPI's Zara Matheson

The Geography of America's Freelance Economy

The metros and occupations where independent workers earn the most.

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How Fort Collins Created America's First Zero-Energy District

The five participating employers were able to reduce peak-load demand by more than 20 percent.

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Mapping the Legal Pot Era in Spokane

The city has approved a local ordinance and even drawn districts for retailers — now it waits.

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City of Chicago

Creative Urban Budget Solution of the Day: Crowdfunding City Programs

Chicago is trying to raise $480,000 for a youth basketball league.

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Delaying Car and Home Ownership Has Helped Millennials Dramatically Reduce Their Debt

Young Americans have been offloading debt at a much higher rate than older generations.

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China's Spectacularly Silly Plan to Curb Air Pollution

We hate to disappoint, but banning BBQ won't do much.

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Quantifying Downtown Detroit's Comeback

Exactly how the Motor City is rebuilding its urban core.

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An Example of Urban Farming Done Right

In Boise, the link between sustainable farming and sustainable communities is clear.

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A Peek at Rising Health Care Costs in 5 Major Cities

Premiums for the young and healthy are set to rise 169 percent, according to a new survey.

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Why Libraries Should Be the Next Great Start-Up Incubators

An old idea reinvented for the 21st century.

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Having Your Own Corner Office Is Like Living in Suburbia

How companies are (or should be) structured like cities.

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Sorry Mr. President, Manufacturing Will Not Save Us

4 reasons why Obama is wrong to think the sector can solve the unemployment crisis.

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Indianapolis's Non-Profits Move In Together

Indianapolis couldn't afford to tear down the old city market. So a bunch of non-profits turned it into a work space and farmers' market.

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Don’t Believe the Hype About the 'World's Most Expensive City'

There are big gaps in the Economist's Intelligence Unit rankings.

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Child Poverty Rates Are Especially High in Small Cities

The reasons have a lot to do with demographics.

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China Expert: China Is Fast Approaching Urban Disaster

"We're creating a huge urban underclass of people who can’t function in the society."

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Do D.C. Residents Pay More Taxes Than Their Neighbors?

Middle class families don't, but low-income people might be better off in the suburbs.

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To Stay Relevant, Unions Jump Into the Medical Marijuana Business

They have very little to lose by trying to cultivate a new, more labor friendly industry, albeit a highly speculative and technically illegal one.

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What Makes Urban Charter Schools Effective?

MIT economist Josh Angrist believes demographics and pedagogical approach both play a role.