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The Unlikeliest Heroes in the Battle Against Climate Change? Dung Beetles

The cow poop-crunching insects play a small but vibrant role in reducing greenhouse gases, scientists report.

We've Entered the Age of the 'Anti-Mall'

Even the suburbs have figured out that walkable retail, not enclosed big box stores surrounded by parking lots, is the way to go.

4 Questions for New York's Next Mayor About a New Penn Station

So far the plan has received all cheers, but a historic opportunity requires a serious conversation.

California's High-Speed Rail Plan Is in Jeopardy, But It's Hiring Workers Anyway

Officials say they will move with a worker training program, despite a court ruling that stopped just short of invalidating the line.

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Why Chattanooga Doesn't Need Facebook

The city isn't looking for the next big thing. Instead, its cultivated a pipeline of small companies and innovative manufacturers.

From Sewing to Analyzing: The Historical Shift in Urban Work

Over the past century, cities have gone from being centers of specialized industries to arenas for diverse and complex employment.

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Detroit Has 50,000 Stray Dogs and Only 4 Dog Catchers

And only three animal shelters. 

Maps

Why We Should Build a National Internet System Under the National Highway System

A "broadband superhighway" would broaden digital access, boost the economy, and lay the foundation for an intelligent transportation system.

3 U.S. Cities Are Among the World's Most Vulnerable to Flood Disasters

The geography of where rising sea levels will likely cost us the most.

Starting a Marijuana Business in Colorado Will Cost a Small Fortune

Retail pot licensing fees are going to be massive in the state. 

Hollywood Has Embraced the High-Tech Scene

The regional geography of venture capital in Southern California.

Debt Is Making Young People Sick

Another argument against buying that car or home.

The Unsteady Rise of Minority Civil Servants

Where public payrolls still don't reflect the local population.

Visualization of the Day: New York City's Wealth Gap, Mapped In 3D

A new kind of skyline.

Discouraging Coffee Drinkers From Lingering Will Drive Them to Starbucks

The war between coffee shop squatters and coffee shop owners could end up helping America's coffee giant.

The Surprising Cities Leading America's Start-Up Revolution

Some small cities rival blockbuster hubs like San Jose and Boston.

The Many, Many Jobs That Won't Earn You Enough to Live in Your City

What happens when a city becomes unaffordable to the people who keep it running?

Public Transit Is Worth Way More to a City Than You Might Think

A new report finds a hidden economic value of anywhere from $1.5 million to $1.8 billion a year.