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Taxi Battle of the Day: Uber vs. Lyft

It's heatin' up out there folks.

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An Online-Sales Tax May Not Help Brick-and-Mortar Retailers After All

The sales tax bill will raise billions for states. But whether it will help retailers regain customers lost to the web is another question altogether.

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The Uncertain Future of Public Roads

More and more states are privatizing highways and roads. Whether that's a good thing or a bad thing is a matter of increasing debate.

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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

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Why Segregation Is Bad for Everyone

Even wealthy people in the suburbs.

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Why Sewage Plants Are Especially Vulnerable to Climate Change

Nearly 11 billion gallons of waste spilled into waterways after Superstorm Sandy, according to a new report.

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The World's Leading Science Cities

A new study ranks the top cities for physics research around the world.

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The Best Excuse Ever for Getting Your Groceries Delivered: It's Greener

If used right, online grocery services like Peapod and FreshDirect could help reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

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America's Best Performing Cities

Ideas, talent, skills, and density remain key contributors to the growth of America's metros.

How to Design a 'Buy Local' Campaign That Actually Works

After job loss and the Recession crippled an Ohio town, 2 young residents got to work resurrecting the town's small business core.

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Expensive Cities Are Even Worse for the Poor Than You Think

How high-income cities make groceries for the low-income more expensive, too.

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The Recession Halted Urban Job Sprawl

A silver lining.

5 Sustainable Infrastructure Projects Other Cities Might Want to Copy

BRT-Lite in Lagos, zero-carbon in Masdar, recycling in Curitiba, and more.

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How the Decline of the Traditional Workplace Is Changing Our Cities

The rise of smart phones and WiFi mean we can now work from anywhere. Should that turn the entire built environment into an office?

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Does the Location of Elite Colleges Hurt the Economy?

Great universities are a necessary but insufficient condition for high-tech growth.

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Retail Redlining: One of the Most Pervasive Forms of Racism Left in America?

Why do retailers, restaurants and grocery stores stay out of communities that can afford (and want) them?

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'America Will Say a Prayer for Boston Tonight'

Apparent terror attacks at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

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The Problem With Calling Cities 'Post-Industrial'

It's time to come up with a new way of thinking and talking about places like Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland.

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El Paso Ushers in Its Downtown Renewal With a 'Demolition Weekend'

The Texas city gets started on a broad downtown improvement plan in dramatic fashion.