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Cities Are Trying to Fix Their Schools by Luring the Middle Class: It Won't Work

These initatives cannot substitute for reforms that address the root causes of concentrated poverty, budget shortfalls, and failing schools.

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How Old Media Helped Spur New York's Tech Boom

The city's tech and information sector has been pulling away from the rest of the country since 2009.

Reuters

A Win For McJobs: Seattle's Mayoral Candidates Both Support a $15 Minimum Wage

A once crazy idea gets a little more mainstream.

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Did the Recession Convince Americans to Move to More Productive Cities?

Not really, though there are a few exceptions.

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NCLC

The Depressing Geography of Debt Collection

Where creditors can legally take your car, your home, the last dollar in your bank account, and your kitchen appliances.

Next Economy
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Oakland's Bid to Become a Solar-Power Hub

The rise of solar-power companies and other solar innovators has created a future-oriented economic sector for the city.

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Mistresses Help Keep the Property Bubble Aloft in Beijing

These women, often from rural areas, are regularly kept in apartments that their lovers buy for them in urban centers.

Reuters

The Immediate Climate Threat Isn't Rising Sea Levels, It's Water Scarcity

A billion people could lose easy access to water by the end of the century, triggering mass migrations, food shortages, and wars.

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Where America's Inventors Are

The geography of American innovation over the last decade.

The Atlantic

Is It the Job of City Government to Decrease Inequality?

The New York mayoral candidates come at the question from different sides.

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Another Reason Not to Build the Hyperloop

London's Edward Lister says building basic infrastructure is more important than chasing new technology.

Associated Press

One City's $88 Million Plan to Send More Kids to College

In 2008, Syracuse started promising graduates full college tuition. Now it's rising above the national averages for enrollment.

Elena Olivo

The 4 Basic Factors to Brooklyn's Rise

According to Robert K. Steel, New York's deputy mayor for economic development.

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The Problem With Defining 'Downtown'

And counting all of the people (and jobs) who have supposedly moved there.

Airbnb

A Milestone in Airbnb's Awkward Relationship With New York

The company says it wants to work with the city to pay occupancy taxes.

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America's Most Productive Metros

New numbers show the power of energy and knowledge economies.

Associated Press

Who Profits During a Government Shutdown?

Bars, Alexandria, and private museums.

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Jonathan Hull

Mapping the Glum Inequality of Happiness in the World

The happiest countries on Earth are rich and European; the most miserable are located in impoverished Sub-Saharan Africa.