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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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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

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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.

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Why Twitter Chose Berlin

The city's affordability and edgy culture is helping turn it into a world-class high-tech center.

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How to Build a Successful Downtown Stadium

Why Denver's Coors Field succeeded while Phoenix's Chase Field was a bust.

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Americans Who Actually Make Things

A look at the 8.2 million Americans who work in manufacturing of all sorts.

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Where the Green Jobs Are

Some 3.1 million people are employed in "green goods and services" jobs, but state patterns vary considerably.

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The Accidental DIY Developer

Chicago artist Theaster Gates takes his neighborhood-changing projects on the road.

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The Secret to Seattle's Booming Downtown

The recession didn't skip Seattle, but the city stuck by its downtown and reaped the rewards.

How the Rise of the Developing World Will Help Americans

In his new book, Philip Auerswald argues the economic crisis will eventually give way to unparalleled global growth.

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Family Dollar Founder Leon Levine on the Entrepreneurialism of Charlotte

How the Southern city helped launch a billion-dollar business.

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Why People in Cities Walk Fast

Researchers have proposed a number of theories over the years — from sensory overload to the economic value of time.

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America's Uninsured Belt

The geography of where in the U.S. people lack health insurance is striking.

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The Great Jobs Shift

How major industries have changed from their peak up to today.

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The U.S. Cities With the Fastest Growing Job Markets

Last year was a decent one for employment growth in large metros.

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Hold on Tom Friedman … Resource-Rich Places Can Be Smart, Too

What the New York Times columnist got wrong in his recent look at the relationship between natural resources and knowledge-based development.