Sports Teams Really Can Save a City

How Indianapolis was transformed from a "racetrack in the middle of a cornfield" to a booming tourist attraction.

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The Rust Belt Neighborhood in the Middle of Philadelphia

Meet the people transforming post-industrial Fishtown into a haven for artists and writers.

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Should Cities Be in the Business of Issuing Debit Cards?

A proposal to help the unbanked (and often undocumented).

Michael Ruiz

What's Killing New York's Lesbian Bar Scene?

Manhattan used to have a dozen options. Now, only 3 remain.

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Why Don't More U.S. Airports Connect to Amtrak?

A new federal report says the costs of intermodal air-and-rail hubs outweigh the benefits in all but a "limited number of places."

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White Families Are on Average 6 Times Wealthier Than Black Families

A look at the wealth gap, and why it's growing.

Zara Matheson

Why San Francisco May Be the New Silicon Valley

A new analysis reveals that venture capital investment is flowing into cities at a startling clip.


What's Better Than Turning an Urban Highway Into a Park?

St. Louis will cover the highway that divides downtown from the waterfront. But some wish they'd removed the interstate altogether.


America's Diaper Crisis Is All Too Real

A study of one city finds nearly 30 percent of poor families don't have enough for their children.

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If You Build It, They Will Come: How Cleveland Lured Young Professionals Downtown

It's easy, really: create places people want to be.


The Uneven Geography of America's Fast Food Jobs

Workers in seven metro areas are striking, but their wages are even worse elsewhere.

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The Arab Spring Is Helping Fuel a Boom in Dubai's Property Market

Investors from crisis-hit Arab regions are driving the city's real estate market.


New York and Chicago's Century-Old Skyscraper Contest

The cities have been locked in battle since 1885, with no signs of stopping.


The Billion-Dollar Technology That May or May Not Prevent the Next Big Train Crash

Positive Train Control is coming to a railroad near you — but perhaps not as soon as the government wants.


Why Mega-Projects Always End Up Costing More Than Expected

And how the part-political, part-psychological problem can be avoided.


The Flawed Federal Rule That Killed High-Speed Rail to Vegas

It may be time to revisit the Buy America provision in U.S. transportation funding.

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Could a Private University Have Made a Difference in Detroit?

Pittsburgh has Carnegie Mellon. In Cleveland, there's Case Western Reserve. What if there had been, say, a Henry Ford University in Detroit?

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Thanks, Taylor Swift: Nashville Has America's Most Robust Music Economy

How Nashville's music industry really lives up to the hype.