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Trade of the Day: Bostonians May Pay for Parking Tickets With Toy Donations

It has become a Beantown tradition.

Where the Middle Class Spends 75 Percent of Its Income on Housing and Transport

A fresh look at the most expensive cities from the Center for Housing Policy and the Center for Neighborhood Technology.

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Inside Fast Food Workers' Historic Fight for Living Wages

New York's 'McJobs' workers go on strike for the first time.

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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

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Stat of the Day: No One Was Slashed, Stabbed or Shot in New York City Yesterday

Has this happened before? Ever?

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Cities With Denser Cores Do Better

Packed city centers are correlated with economic growth, talent levels, and diversity.

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The Ongoing Evolution of Post-Recession Dublin

The economic crisis decimated the Irish capital. But two years after a massive bailout, a new kind of city is emerging.

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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.