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Child Poverty Rates Are Especially High in Small Cities

The reasons have a lot to do with demographics.

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China Expert: China Is Fast Approaching Urban Disaster

"We're creating a huge urban underclass of people who can’t function in the society."

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Do D.C. Residents Pay More Taxes Than Their Neighbors?

Middle class families don't, but low-income people might be better off in the suburbs.

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To Stay Relevant, Unions Jump Into the Medical Marijuana Business

They have very little to lose by trying to cultivate a new, more labor friendly industry, albeit a highly speculative and technically illegal one.

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What Makes Urban Charter Schools Effective?

MIT economist Josh Angrist believes demographics and pedagogical approach both play a role.

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Visualizing How Poorly Amtrak's Route Network Serves Most of the U.S.

Some cities, you just can't reach.

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Which Small Businesses Get a Bump From the Super Bowl?

Heat maps from Square highlight how concentrated the benefits from the big game really are.

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Density vs. Livability in the World's Biggest Cities

The two don't necessarily go together, according to a new report.

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Bemoaning the Decline of Barnes and Noble

Sure, it's not an independent book store. But the franchise is shuttering its big city stores, leaving fewer options for those who want to buy hard copies.

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Innovation and the Wealth of Cities

A new Brookings report looks at the relationship between innovation and regional economic growth.

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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.