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Why the Feds Agreed to Spend TARP Money on Demolishing Michigan's Empty Buildings

There's admittedly a certain irony in tearing down houses with funds marked to keep people in houses.

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Metcalf, Box, Evans

5 Maps That Show How Divided America Really Is

Breaking down the country by income, inequality, poverty and education.

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Sophie Quinton

How Milwaukee Could Transform Itself Into the 'Silicon Valley' of Fresh Water

Inside the city's ambitious plans to become a hub of water-related technology and innovation.

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Portraits of Desperation: Unemployed and Homeless in Greece

An unsettling peek at the human toll of Europe's economic crisis.

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The Real Reason Cities Are Centers of Innovation

GDP and patents in cities usually grow at a faster rate than population. But why?

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Sophie Quinton

The End of Blue Collar Work?

Companies like Milwaukee's Rockwell Automation excel at productivity, but create far fewer jobs than traditional manufacturing.

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Why No City Can Afford to Forget About Seniors

Baby boomers aren't drawn to the same sorts of retirement communities their parents were.

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Where a Billion People Still Live Without Electricity

Many of them in urban areas.

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Venezuela's Still Suffering an Extreme Toilet Paper Shortage

"What do they expect us to use? Banana leaves?"

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What Military Commissaries Have in Common With Whole Foods

Niche grocery stores allow us to avoid interacting with people who are different from ourselves.

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Could Istanbul's Protesters Halt Turkey's Controversial Canal Project?

Officials say the canal will fuel the country's economy. But opponents worry it will add to runaway sprawl and rampant water pollution.

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The New Global Start-Up Cities

Our first in a series examining the changing geography of venture capital and high-tech companies.

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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.

Gleb Garanich/Reuters

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.