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Your Street May Literally Be Paved With Gold (and Other Precious Metals)

Believe it or not, "urban mining" is an emerging academic interest.

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Public-Finance Stadium Fact of the Day: The Marlins Are Killing Baseball

The Marlins are tanking, and dragging the MLB down with them.

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In Search of the Entrepreneurial Personalities of Specific Places

The relationship between personality structure and entrepreneurial activity appears to be rather robust.

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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

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New City of the Day: China Builds an Industrial Center ... in Belarus

Urban planning meets the iron fist of Europe's last dictatorship.

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What's the Difference Between a Shady Hotelier and an Airbnb Host?

A question in dire need of a legal answer.

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How Houston Became the Most Powerful Job Engine in the Country

The secret sauce of the city's success might come down to history, and an ability to learn from past mistakes.

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What We Know So Far About the Skagit River Bridge Collapse

Officials have confirmed a truck collided with the trusses.

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Will Brick-and-Mortar Stores Find New Life ... as Datacenters?

Sears is looking into re-purposing its shuttered stores as datacenters, starting with one in Chicago.

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The Forgotten Urban Transportation Problem We Should Be Trying to Fix

Freight is crippling metro areas, but it's rarely part of city planning.

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New York Street Vendors Displaced by Bike-Share Want Their Voices Heard

Turns out it's not that easy for a sidewalk food cart to just pick up and move.

A Treasure Trove of Economic Data on European Metro Areas

On a continent with particularly soft international borders, the success (or failure) of cities in navigating the recession has remained largely unexamined.

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Why Suburban Poverty Is Less Visible and More Insidious

Today's poor have a new problem: isolation.

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Brooklyn's Relentless Changes, As Told By a Single Street Corner

From a Rent-A-Center to an eyesore to a Lululemon.

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The Suburbanization of Poverty

Public perception has yet to catch up to the reality that the poor now live in the suburbs, too.

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When Gun Control Fails: Best #Cityreads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

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This Map Explains Louisville's Entire Economy

Two-thirds of U.S. cities are less than 24 hours from Louisville by ground; and three-fourths can be reached within a 2-hour flight.

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Do Rising Home Values Make People Feel Richer?

Evidence debunking the "wealth effect."

How to Save Water-Starved Cities

The key, according to a new report, is forming partnerships with farmers.