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Greening an Entire Block Instead of Just One Building

Most smaller commercial buildings can't afford energy retrofits on their own. But what if they banded together?

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Specialty Store of the Day: A Mayonnaise Shop Grows in Brooklyn

When one (or two, or four) condiment options just aren't enough.

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Big Box Stores Linked To the Presence of Hate Groups

New research suggests that stores like Walmart may undermine the social capital of communities.

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Where the Global 1% Live Now

The most important cities for the ultra-rich, and what it might cost those places.

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Character Is Key to an Economically Vibrant City

Unique offerings make cities attractive to residents and tourists alike.

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The High Cost of Losing Urban Trees

Tennessee reaps a $638 million yearly benefit from its urban trees – and an $80 billion loss if they disappeared.

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What Twitter Means to Detroit

It may only be a small office, but the deal is a high profile win for entrepreneur Dan Gilbert.

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Wages Are on the Rise in U.S. Cities

Over the last year, wages increased in all but three of the largest 20 metros.

America's Urban-Rural Work Divide

Where we live dictates an awful lot about the type of work available to us.

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Where Housing Is Making a Comeback

There are signs that the U.S. housing market is finally bouncing off its bottom.

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Infographic of the Day: The Economic Power of the Top 600 Global Cities

By 2025, these cities will account for 60 percent of global GDP.

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Which Cities Have the Most Global Clout?

New York and London top the list in a new ranking of 66 cities around the world. 

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The Spiky World of Innovation

Metro areas generate 93 percent of the world’s patented inventions.

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The Midwest's Big Economic Miscalculation

The rebirth of traditional industries isn't necessarily a good thing.

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Why China Lags on Innovation and Creativity

The world's most populous nation is an industrial powerhouse, but it has not yet transitioned to a knowledge-based economy.

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Why This Huge Chinese Mall Is Empty

Twice the size of the Mall of America, it has an Arc de Triomphe and a 1.3-mile canal with gondolas. But no one wants to come.

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Why Some Cities Lose When Others Win

How globalization is reshaping the hierarchy of the world's cities.

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The Simple Math That Can Save Cities From Bankruptcy

Forget raising taxes or cutting services. If cities understood the economics of land use better, they might not need to do either.

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Which Metros Are Recovering Fastest

The economic recovery remains uneven according to a Brookings Metro Monitor report released today.