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What a Battle Over Street Vending Says About the Future of L.A.

If the city is serious about improving sidewalk culture, it should decriminalize selling food there.

Why Toronto Should Tear Down Its Urban Expressway

Removing an elevated city highway doesn’t always make traffic worse—some cars just disappear.

A Giant Horde of Bees Visits a British Beer Garden

There were “thousands and thousands and thousands.”

Finding Happiness in Creative Destruction

A new study finds that people living in the midst of disruptive technological change may be happier and more optimistic than you think.

How Poverty Alters the Young Brain

New research reveals a strong connection between income and the surface area of several key neural regions.

Next Economy

In the Sharing Economy, No One's an Employee

Such jobs may offer flexibility and other benefits, but traditional legal protections for workers aren't part of the package.

How Seattle Is Changing the Definition of Garbage

New rules make it mandatory for residents to set aside their organic waste—and they’re working.

Caption the Lives of These Unwitting London Pedestrians

A new digital art exhibit, Exhausting a Crowd, is a people-watcher’s dream.

We Still Basically Have No Idea What Happened With the Amtrak 188 Derailment

Most notably: whether or not the engineer was using his cell phone.

Why Groceries Cost Less in Big Cities

Reversing the conventional wisdom on the cost of living in major cities like New York.

Why City Fees Keep Rising Instead of Taxes

No overall source of city revenue has steadily increased as much in recent years.

Matching Affordable Housing with Affordable Working

A new movement seeks to extend the “co-working” model into small-scale manufacturing to benefit low-income workers.

What the MoMA Worker Protest Says About the Future of Museums

As museums balance pleasing donors and serving the public, where do employees fit in?

CityFixer

A Remarkably Simple, Low-Cost Way to Reduce Juvenile Crime: Thinking Slow

The intervention has been effective in Chicago schools and detention centers.

Public Art That Isn’t Garbage, but Collects It

Washington's experiments in community art haven’t always been great. But a new project with the city’s public-works trucks reflects the real D.C.

Half of All American Families Are Staring at Financial Catastrophe

And they’re turning to payday loans and other lenders of last resort when crises occur.

Here Comes Summer, There Goes Your Running Water

In Detroit and Baltimore, residents behind on water payments prepare to go without. Why aren’t utilities going after delinquent big companies first?

One Reason It's So Hard to Become a 'Creative Superstar City'

A new study finds that cities with successful “creative economies” must have robust non-creative industries, too.