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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.

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Why Prisoner Education Is Key to Reducing Crime

Educating an inmate reduces their odds of recidivism by 43 percent. 

The Complex Life of Border Towns

For residents in Eagle Pass and other nearby towns, the border is not a political football but a daily reality. 

Why Is Starbucks So Expensive in China?

And why do people go there anyway? The culture and economics of drinking lattes in China.

Overdrive: How America's Amazing Car Recovery Explains the Economy

What does it mean that one of the country's most iconic and fast-growing industries doesn't need American workers to work?

Why the Size of Your City's Middle Class Matters Even if You're Not In It

Metros with large middle classes also have the most upward mobility for the poor.

Why Today's Start-Ups Are Choosing Urban Lofts Over Suburban Office Parks

Today's high tech companies are flocking to downtowns across the country.

The Myth of Part-Time America

The specter is a scare story that works better as a scare than a story.

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Mapping Where You're More Likely to Get Price-Gouged By a Hospital

American hospitals that provide high-quality, affordable treatment tend to hail from the heartland, according to a new visualization.

The High Cost of Not Having Enough

More on poverty and cognitive bandwidth.

Why Local Money Matters

In an age of globalized companies and relentless focus on "shareholder value," a reminder of what local ownership can mean.