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How This Smoke Cloud Became the Ultimate Symbol of Greece's Depression

You don't need any statistics to fully grasp the depth of the economic crisis. You only need to know about the smoke.

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Battle Cry for the Bodega

Why the chainification of the corner store is a bigger deal than losing book stores and record stores combined.

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More Losers Than Winners in America's New Economic Geography

It appears that talent clustering provides little in the way of trickle-down benefits to service and blue-collar workers.

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Why India's Obsession With 'Getting Things Done' Should Matter to Urban Planners

Skirting the rules to get a problem fixed runs deep in India's culture. Does it make it difficult to nurture law-and-order institutions?

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Flooding in Jakarta: A City Swamped by Its Own Success

Clogged canals and aging infrastructure aren’t the only factors intensifying Jakarta’s perennial flood crises.

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A Reader Asks: Are Some Cities Doomed Never to Catch Up?

We get a lot of email. This week, Richard Florida answers one reader's pressing question.

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Bethlehem Steel's Redevelopment: Winners and Losers in Public-Private Partnerships

Sands Casino revitalized a major parcel of unused land, bringing a hotel and award-winning arts center along with it. But partnering with a casino can come at a cost.

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The World's Biggest Pop-Up City

As many as 100 million people could gather for Kumbh Mela in the northern Indian city of Allahabad.

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UNICEF Wants Us to Talk About Urban Inequality

An online forum invites insight from the people who work on the ground in the world’s biggest and most dysfunctional cities.

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Does Human Capital Tend to Cluster in Center Cities or the Suburbs?

According to new research, where college-educated folks live has a lot to do with population size.

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A Flash Mob Performs 'Here Comes the Sun' in a Spanish Unemployment Office

Equal parts heartbreaking and heartwarming, we think.

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Overdue Convenience of the Day: City Hall as Food Truck

In Boston, that pesky paperwork you're supposed to fill out comes to you.

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What Buenos Aires Can Teach Us About Walkability

And other lessons in urbanism from the South American capital.

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Why Cruises Start and Stop Where They Do

What it takes to become a port city of a major cruise line.

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The Top 20 U.S. Metros for Year-End 2012 Pay Increases

Houston and Seattle top one list of actual wage growth from 2011 to 2012.

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Can't Get Enough of Giant, Gaping Holes in the Middle of Cities?

Reuters has you covered.

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Brazilian Slum Gets Its Own Currency

The "CDD" is helping residents open banks and encouraging them to shop local.

7 Uses for Failing Shopping Malls

Ideas (some good, some not) for what to do with these hulking, empty retail spaces.

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Is This the World's Oldest Dash Cam Video?

Incredible footage from the 1920s shows New York's traffic has always been a problem (especially when you're rushing to put out a fire).