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Will the U.S. Ever Get High-Speed Rail Anywhere?

California is on its way, and the Midwest, the Northeast Corridor, and Texas all have plans of their own.

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Where Opportunity Is Hardest to Find

A map of America's unequal economic mobility.

The World's Worst Cities for Air Pollution Might Not Be the Ones You'd Expect

Exposure is getting worse in parts of the world, especially industrializing countries.

How Much Is Paris Worth? According to a New Estimate, Just $956 Billion

France is buzzing about a new book that tries to put a price tag on the city, while also tracing its pattern of property ownership over time.

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The Metros That Sorely Need the U.S. Government to Keep Paying Its Bills

Where Americans depend the most on federal spending.

The French Are Building a Mall by the Eiffel Tower, and China Wants to Buy It

The country's bid to buy property in the heart of the City of Light.

Cities Are Trying to Fix Their Schools by Luring the Middle Class: It Won't Work

These initatives cannot substitute for reforms that address the root causes of concentrated poverty, budget shortfalls, and failing schools.

How Old Media Helped Spur New York's Tech Boom

The city's tech and information sector has been pulling away from the rest of the country since 2009.

A Win For McJobs: Seattle's Mayoral Candidates Both Support a $15 Minimum Wage

A once crazy idea gets a little more mainstream.

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Did the Recession Convince Americans to Move to More Productive Cities?

Not really, though there are a few exceptions.

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The Depressing Geography of Debt Collection

Where creditors can legally take your car, your home, the last dollar in your bank account, and your kitchen appliances.

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Oakland's Bid to Become a Solar-Power Hub

The rise of solar-power companies and other solar innovators has created a future-oriented economic sector for the city.

Mistresses Help Keep the Property Bubble Aloft in Beijing

These women, often from rural areas, are regularly kept in apartments that their lovers buy for them in urban centers.

The Immediate Climate Threat Isn't Rising Sea Levels, It's Water Scarcity

A billion people could lose easy access to water by the end of the century, triggering mass migrations, food shortages, and wars.

Where America's Inventors Are

The geography of American innovation over the last decade.

Is It the Job of City Government to Decrease Inequality?

The New York mayoral candidates come at the question from different sides.

Another Reason Not to Build the Hyperloop

London's Edward Lister says building basic infrastructure is more important than chasing new technology.

One City's $88 Million Plan to Send More Kids to College

In 2008, Syracuse started promising graduates full college tuition. Now it's rising above the national averages for enrollment.