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Should Cities Be in the Business of Issuing Debit Cards?

A proposal to help the unbanked (and often undocumented).

What's Killing New York's Lesbian Bar Scene?

Manhattan used to have a dozen options. Now, only 3 remain.

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Why Don't More U.S. Airports Connect to Amtrak?

A new federal report says the costs of intermodal air-and-rail hubs outweigh the benefits in all but a "limited number of places."

White Families Are on Average 6 Times Wealthier Than Black Families

A look at the wealth gap, and why it's growing.

Why San Francisco May Be the New Silicon Valley

A new analysis reveals that venture capital investment is flowing into cities at a startling clip.

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What's Better Than Turning an Urban Highway Into a Park?

St. Louis will cover the highway that divides downtown from the waterfront. But some wish they'd removed the interstate altogether.

America's Diaper Crisis Is All Too Real

A study of one city finds nearly 30 percent of poor families don't have enough for their children.

Next Economy

If You Build It, They Will Come: How Cleveland Lured Young Professionals Downtown

It's easy, really: create places people want to be.

The Uneven Geography of America's Fast Food Jobs

Workers in seven metro areas are striking, but their wages are even worse elsewhere.

The Arab Spring Is Helping Fuel a Boom in Dubai's Property Market

Investors from crisis-hit Arab regions are driving the city's real estate market.

New York and Chicago's Century-Old Skyscraper Contest

The cities have been locked in battle since 1885, with no signs of stopping.

The Billion-Dollar Technology That May or May Not Prevent the Next Big Train Crash

Positive Train Control is coming to a railroad near you — but perhaps not as soon as the government wants.

Why Mega-Projects Always End Up Costing More Than Expected

And how the part-political, part-psychological problem can be avoided.

The Flawed Federal Rule That Killed High-Speed Rail to Vegas

It may be time to revisit the Buy America provision in U.S. transportation funding.

Could a Private University Have Made a Difference in Detroit?

Pittsburgh has Carnegie Mellon. In Cleveland, there's Case Western Reserve. What if there had been, say, a Henry Ford University in Detroit?

Thanks, Taylor Swift: Nashville Has America's Most Robust Music Economy

How Nashville's music industry really lives up to the hype.

A Federal Judge Has Frozen All Legal Challenges to Detroit's Bankruptcy

A victory for the city's lawyers, a defeat for public-employee unions.

Even Teenagers Don't Want to Go to Malls Anymore

Big box stores are in desperate need of reinvention. But a handful of communities might have figured out the fix.