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States with Better 'Business Climates' Also Have Higher Inequality

There's a clear connection between economic inequality and low-tax, pro-business policies.

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Coming Soon: A Mattress Store With No Salespeople

It'll be like a vending machine—but for beds.

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How to Survive as a Bike Messenger in NYC

Ever wonder about the inner life of the pizza delivery guy?

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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

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Turbulence Ahead: The Pilot Shortage and How It Came to Be

Steep training costs and underwhelming wages could push the industry toward even more flight cancellations. 

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The U.S. Now Has More Than 3,000 Breweries

The last time this happened was in the 1870s.

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How Much Does Northeast Ohio Need LeBron?

LeBron James thinks he can boost the fortunes of Northeast Ohio by returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The area could use some help.

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Why People Still Move to 'Unhappy' Places

For one thing, low rents.

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Where Americans Really Earn the Most from Their Paychecks

New Yorkers may earn more, but don't they get less bang for their buck?

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How a Tiny Record Label Jump-Started One Midwestern City's Arts Economy

Asthmatic Kitty Records has enmeshed its own growth with building up Indianapolis' cultural infrastructure.

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Teens Are Having a Hard Time Getting Summer Jobs

Since working over school breaks can predict future job prospects, this matters. 

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Smartphone Junkies Report Higher Job Satisfaction

That's because distracting the brain with Candy Crush and Facebook "improves employee well-being," according to one researcher.

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America's Leading Design Cities

New York and L.A. aren't the only epicenters for graphic designers, architects, and fashion designers. 

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Beer Consumption Is Still Down, So Why Is There a Brewery Boom?

The number of U.S. beermakers more than doubled between 2007 and 2012, despite a trend away from suds. That's because most newcomers are tiny and artisanal.

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One City in Pakistan Makes Nearly Half of the World's Soccer Balls

But its factories remain very inefficient, even though there are cost-saving technologies available. Why?

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The Saddest-Ever Fireworks Display for Your Office Cube

An amusing invention with a dark origin story. 

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Where Do the Smartest People Move?

A new report finds that higher intelligence is linked with rural-to-city migration, and with city-to-suburb movement.

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Atlantic City Is Becoming the Detroit of Casino Culture

The longtime East Coast gaming hub faces a wave of closings. What will happen to its infrastructure?

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Hong Kong Protesters Blame China for Rising Economic Inequality

The city-state stages its largest demonstration in a decade as living standards continue to plummet under 17 years of Chinese control.