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The Next Big Financial Crisis That Could Cripple Cities

Pension pay-outs are a ticking time bomb.

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Map of the Day: Where Americans Use the Most Oil

3.5 percent of U.S. counties consume more than 10 percent of the nation's oil.

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The (Not So Great) Economics of Micro Restaurants

Serving a dozen diners a night is getting more popular but not more profitable.

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It's Official: Downtowns Are Booming

Neighborhoods within 2 miles of city hall saw huge jumps in population between 2000 and 2010, according to new numbers from the Census.

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Why American Students Can't Write

A former South Bronx teacher recalls how his own idealism kept his class from learning how to write.

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What Does a Corporation Owe Its Hometown?

Towns and cities spend lots of time and energy wooing companies. Often, they get little in return besides broken promises.

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Where Are the Most Uninsured Americans?

It varies widely across the country.

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Michigan Is Getting the Long-Term Unemployed Back to Work

A new state program matches companies with participants.

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Is Portland Really Where Young People Go to Retire?

According to a new study, the city attracts the young and college-educated at some of the highest rates in the country.

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Can Detroit Live Up to Its Hype?

Boosters promise a city poised to become the next start-up hub. But driving around the downtown's empty streets, I'm not so sure I see a rosy future.

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The Government's Secret Weapon to Boost Tourism

Easing visa restrictions has led to an 8.6 percent jump in travel to the United States from abroad.

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Architecture Revenue Down 40% Since 2008

The industry has contracted, and adapted.

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In New York, Low-Income Smokers Spend 25 Percent of Their Money on Cigarettes

And they paid nearly 40 percent of the state's cigarette tax revenue.

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The Right Way to Turn Art Into Economic Development

Project Row Houses transforms Depression-era homes into a community art museum and affordable housing.

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The Geography of the 47%

The states with the highest share of tax non-payers may actually contain the very conservative votes that Romney needs.

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Where High-Growth Company Founders Start Out and Where They End Up

The flow of entrepreneurial talent and which metros are "producing," "exporting," "importing," and "consuming" it.

Hotel Allows Bathroom Users to Flash New York City

Also, a flatulent doll teaches South Koreans to poop and dinosaur commodes rumble into New Zealand.

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Why Eds and Meds Alone Can't Revitalize Cities

Beyond any impending bubble in education and health care spending, these two sectors are not a source of economic development in the first place.