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The Surprising Economics of Sex Ratios

New research says men change their spending habits when they outnumber women.

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America's Best Places for a Raise Since the Great Recession

Over time, the crisis has hit wages and salaries much harder in some metros than in others.

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Can Easing Planning Rules Boost the Economy?

The British government hopes so.

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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

The Tragic Geography of Disconnected Youth

One in seven young Americans are neither working nor going to school.

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Why We're Really Winning the War on Poverty

Even after a generation of stagnating market wages, taxing the poor less and spending more money on them is working.

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Radiating Death: How Walmart Displaces Nearby Small Businesses

The closer they are, the more they fall.

The Two Approaches to Cutting City Costs

There's a short-term and a long-term approach. Cities tried one, now they're looking to the other.

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Time Is Currency in Spain's Cities

With plenty of time, and no Euros, some Spaniards are putting hours in the bank.

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If You Want Walkable Development, You Must Show That It Pays

The complex math behind the connection between walkability and the economic bottom line.

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With L.A.'s Proposed ID Cards, Immigrants Can Play a Larger Role in the City's Economy

More efforts are being made to embrace undocumented immigrants and the economic potential they have.

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The World Trade Center's Rocky Real Estate History

The original Twin Towers had trouble finding tenants, but the new buildings are off to a promising start.

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Denial of the Day: Rahm Emanuel Does Not Like Nickelback

350,000 students got the day off; the mayor clarified his taste in music.

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The Next Big Question Facing Cities: Will Millennials Stay?

Young Americans have moved to urban areas in record numbers. But the generation that came before them offers few lessons for where they'll want to live in the future.

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Talent Beats Trade in Economic Development

Turns out human capital is vastly more important than trade when it comes to generating regional growth.

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The Geography of Business Density

The most and least dense U.S. metros for business enterprise.

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What Are the Building Types of the 'Prosumer' Society?

If we're all being put to work as consumers in the production of the things we buy, it must be having an effect on the landscape of our cities.

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America's Most and Least Diverse Metros

A new study finds ethnic and racial diversity increasing across all types of communities.

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Could Co-Ops Help Solve Our College Grad Employment Crisis?

Students who participate in these programs have greater responsibility and a better chance of full-time employment.