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The Geography of American Brands

Some U.S. cities have more top global brands than many large countries

Winner of the Day: North Dakota

By one measure, the state has lately been the most effective in the nation in terms of job creation

Reuters

The Return of the Village Post Office

As the U.S. Postal Service slashes operations, neighborhood outposts may become a bigger part of sending and receiving mail

SERIES

City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

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The Geography of Global Brands

Which countries are home to the most valuable names in business?

Chart of the Day: In Latin American Cities, Unemployment Drops

And the informal economy is shrinking

University Park Alliance

Building Community Around Downtown Jobs

An ambitious plan takes shape to revive downtown Akron

Reuters

Getting Pop-Ups to Take Root

Programs aim to make temporary business turn permanent

Reuters

The People and Places Behind England’s Summer Riots

A new report examines social and physical factors behind August's violent protests

Reuters

Note to Lenders: Inner-City Small Businesses Don't Need More Real Estate

Research shows federal programs designed to help small businesses aren't helping very much

Ruth Samuelson

Mexico Tries to Start its Own Black Friday

The annual mega-sale concept sees a soft landing south of the border

Reuters

Start-Up New York?

New York City is well positioned to overtake Silicon Valley as the country's tech innovation leader

Chuck Wolfe

Resetting Urban Land Use: What’s Next?

A new report predicts how - and where - we'll be living in the near future

Reuters

Brazil's Population Is Now Majority Minority

Preliminary results from 2010 census shows the mixed-race and black population has tipped the scale at the same time the country's cities saw remarkably high growth rates

Reuters

Needed: An Economic Performance Index for Cities

Better metrics would allow for increased investment in the world's metro areas

Toyota

For Tupelo and Toyota, a Shared Second Chance

A decade in the making, Mississippi's newest auto plant is set to change the face of this city of 38,000

Reuters

Cities and the Creative Class in Asia

How countries like China and Malaysia built a new generation of highly skilled workers faster than anywhere else

Reuters

A Walmart, Once Spurned, Now Welcomed With Open Arms

Officials in Kansas thought Walmart would ruin a mixed use development. Seven years later, the big box store is the project's saving grace

Kai Hagen

A Good Use for all Those Empty Suburban Developments

Farmers are reclaiming unused sprawl to grow crops