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You'll Never Guess the Richest Metros in America

San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and...Midland, Texas?

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How Places Like Columbus, Indiana, Outrank Silicon Valley

These smaller cities shine when it comes to attracting and keeping jobs.

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Black Friday 2012 Rewind: Here Are America's Craziest Shoppers

Warning: Ahead lies profanity, chair throwing and INSANE DEALS!

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4 Reasons Retailers Don't Need Free Parking to Thrive

Shopkeepers consistently overestimate parking's role in their success.

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11 Economist Tricks for 'Winning' Black Friday

Getting the best deals starts with understanding the science of prices. These economic rules can help you save time and money.

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Paying Retail Workers a Little Better Can Make a Huge Difference

A Black Friday look at the geography of retail workers' wages.

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The World's Leading Cities for Start-Ups

The top 20 global leaders in the tech boom.

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The Real Estate Deal That Could Change the Future of Everything

Two Washington, D.C., developers set out to democratize how commercial buildings are developed, and in the process they've invented an entirely new model of finance.

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To Get America Growing Again, We Have to Look to Our Most Productive Metro Areas

The United States is not just as a single national economy but a collection of city and metro economies, and they're growing at starkly different rates.

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How One Homeless Teenage Mother Broke the Cycle of Poverty

For a young single parent with no place to live, it can be nearly impossible to get off the streets, let alone go to college. Here's how one woman did both.   

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How Hurricanes Impact Unemployment, in One Chart

The jump in jobless claims this week looks an awful lot like the one post-Katrina.

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The Great Recession's Devastating Toll on Disadvantaged Neighborhoods

High-poverty areas lost a staggering 91 percent of their absolute wealth during the crisis.

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The Next Workplace Revolution

More people are working from temporary work spaces, changing how we use offices.

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What Cities Stand to Lose From the Fiscal Cliff

The urban programs that would suffer most from budget sequestration.

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The Staten Island Clean-Up Has a Long Way to Go

Many waterfront communities are still in a "state of torment."

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L.A. Moves Forward With Its Own Immigration Reform

The nation's second-largest city has approved ID cards aimed at helping the otherwise undocumented.

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When Your City Is Killing You

In Several Ways to Die in Mexico City, author Kurt Hollander explores the way a city's air, food, and diseases actually affect us.

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Why America Has One of the Highest Child Poverty Rates in the Developed World

Blame our public policy, which hasn't kept up with the massive changes in American family structure.

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A Simple Way to Reduce Urban Poverty: Pave Streets

New research finds that paving streets boosts housing wealth, which boosts credit use, which boosts household consumption — all for little cost.