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In Search of a Uniform Way to Define the City

To understand and compare modern metropolises, city borders just don't cut it.

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City on the Brink: Charlotte's Recession-Era Unraveling

The U.S. financial meltdown, coupled with a major education crisis, left the city reeling.

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The Next Major Real Estate Cycle: Walkable Urbanism?

How shifting demand could pull real estate developers (in cities and the suburbs) in a new direction over the next generation.

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The Case for City-Based Visas

Scholars are floating a new method of immigration sponsorship.

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Julián Castro's Message: What San Antonio Can Teach Us About Government and Growth

Mayor Julián Castro understands the power of government during economic downturns. Will he address this at the Democratic National Convention?

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Anatomy of a Boomtown: The Real Story Behind the Rise of Charlotte

Despite recession-era setbacks, the city is celebrated as a success story. Can it stay that way?

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America's Best Places for a Raise

Where you live can determine how much more you'll be making next year.

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A Most Unusual Panhandling Scam

This subway beggar can't be for real.

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The Surprising Spending Habits of India's Rural Population

For the first time in two decades, rural spending is growing faster than urban spending. How can this be?

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Why California Is Suddenly Adding Jobs Faster Than Texas

Does the government deserve the credit?

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Television as Urban Regeneration: Manchester's MediaCityUK

BBC is decentralizing to Northern England as part of a sweeping urban redevelopment project. Can it bring some of London's prosperity with it?

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Education and Job Requirements: The Great Mismatch

Gaps between educational attainment and job openings are responsible for our long-term unemployment problems.

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Bollywood and Bangalore as Clusters of Creativity

India is becoming an important global player in entertainment.

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How the Drought Is Remaking the Geography of Farming

This year's dry weather has forced a terrible choice on mid-West ranchers: sell, or haul.

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A Brief History of the Birth of Urban Planning

The field first started in America as the purview of three very different types of thinkers.

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America's Leading High-Tech, Venture Capital Centers

New data tracks the geography of technology investment.

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Baltimore's Newest Crime Fighting Equation

The city's police are fighting illegal guns rather than drugs. Will it cut down on violence?

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Will Mongolia's Boom Cost Los Angeles Its Growing Immigrant Community?

"Little Mongolia" is finally starting to thrive. But the country's economic boom may draw immigrants back home.