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America's Leading Metros for Venture Capital

The Bay Area remains at the top, but several cities are starting to catch up.

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The Best Thing We Could Do About Inequality Is Universal Preschool

How we can reduce crime, increase economic mobility, boost college graduation rates, and give communities more tax revenue, all at the same time.

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How a Restaurant With No Cash Registers and No Prices Makes Money

Panera Bread's pay-what-you-want cafés are a bold experiment. Can the chain do good and well at the same time?

Watch What Happens When You Track 493 People's Grocery Buying Habits

Researchers are using GPS devices to better understand where and how we get our food.

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The Public-Private Partnership Whisperer

Living Cities CEO Ben Hecht is reinventing how cities leverage investment for big projects.

Cities Are Innovative Because They Contain More Ideas to Steal

Two economists argue urban environments help foster the borrowing of ideas even better than they harvest original ones.

Dubai Is Making All the Same Mistakes That Led to Its Last Economic Meltdown

Real estate prices are way up, and obscenely large projects are all the rage.

The Silicon Valleys of Everything

There's a reason this cliché won't die.

Maps

A Better Way of Measuring America's Science and Tech Jobs

A new study argues that only half of our so-called STEM jobs require a college degree.

Why the Feds Agreed to Spend TARP Money on Demolishing Michigan's Empty Buildings

There's admittedly a certain irony in tearing down houses with funds marked to keep people in houses.

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5 Maps That Show How Divided America Really Is

Breaking down the country by income, inequality, poverty and education.

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How Milwaukee Could Transform Itself Into the 'Silicon Valley' of Fresh Water

Inside the city's ambitious plans to become a hub of water-related technology and innovation.

Portraits of Desperation: Unemployed and Homeless in Greece

An unsettling peek at the human toll of Europe's economic crisis.

The Real Reason Cities Are Centers of Innovation

GDP and patents in cities usually grow at a faster rate than population. But why?

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The End of Blue Collar Work?

Companies like Milwaukee's Rockwell Automation excel at productivity, but create far fewer jobs than traditional manufacturing.

Why No City Can Afford to Forget About Seniors

Baby boomers aren't drawn to the same sorts of retirement communities their parents were.

Where a Billion People Still Live Without Electricity

Many of them in urban areas.

Venezuela's Still Suffering an Extreme Toilet Paper Shortage

"What do they expect us to use? Banana leaves?"