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Can North Carolina Reinvent the Office Park?

The Research Triangle is showing its age, but an ambitious plan may restore its luster.

The Price of Beer at Oktoberfest Completely Defies Economic Logic

It's going up like crazy, but people keep buying.

How Energy Efficient Is Your City?

A new report ranks 34 major U.S. cities by their energy-use policies.

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Where America's Economic Output Is Growing

80 percent of all metro areas saw their GDP's rise in 2012, according to a new Bureau of Economic Analysis report.

Where Americans—Rich and Poor—Spent Every Dollar in 2012

Food, clothes, and housing account for more than 60 percent of all spending among the poor.

When It Comes to Streetcars and Economic Development, There's So Much We Don't Know

Both BRT and streetcars are championed as tools for development. But only one has evidence to back that up.

What 'Fringe City' Status Means for the Look and Feel of a Community

Sioux Falls: If you can make it there ...

The Real Reason Creative Workers Are Good for the Economy

A new study shows that creative class workers spur innovation, no matter their field.

The Problem With Living Wage Bills Aimed at Walmart

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray just vetoed a measure that would have effectively established two very different minimum wages in the city.

A Peek at How Taxis Actually Get Made

The uniquely British cab is being built in the UK again.

Why Teaching a Homeless Man to Code Isn't That Bad a Place to Start

We may all have been a little too hard on Patrick McConlogue.

Why the World's Third Largest Grocery Conglomerate Couldn't Make it in the U.S.

Europe's Tesco hired anthropologists and sent executives to live with families. But they still couldn't figure out how Americans buy food.

The Long History of America's Leading High-Tech Hubs

New evidence that you can't build a start-up city overnight.

The Real Reason the Poor Go Without Bank Accounts

Check cashing services get a bad rap. But in reality, they offer services and intimacy few banks can match.

The Richest 10 Percent of American Families Got Half of All Income Last Year

Since the 2008 crash, the rich have bounced back just a little bit faster than everyone else.

No, Bike Lanes Don't Hurt Retail Business

They may even bring in more customers, according to a recent Seattle case study.

One City's Long, Ongoing Struggle to Launch a Transit System

Arlington, Texas, recently got its first bus line — but it's hardly a comprehensive approach to public transportation.

The Best U.S. Metros for Recent College Grads Looking for Work

Why Baltimore or Austin may be a better bet this year than New York or L.A.