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No One Knows How Much Money India's Cities Are Spending

Municipalities in India don’t release a budget. And that's a problem, because they can't get the investments they desperately need.

Athens Is Still Athens

The portrait of the city as a burnt-out hellscape has little basis in reality.

Bad Cities, Fake Cities, Cities to Be: Best #CityReads of the Week

Our weekly look back at the stories you may have missed.

Map of the Day: Where Water Bills Have Tripled

The cost of water has risen much more in some places than in others.

Why We Need a Better 'Science of Cities'

Q&A with Planet of Cities author Shlomo Angel.

The Next Big Financial Crisis That Could Cripple Cities

Pension pay-outs are a ticking time bomb.

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Map of the Day: Where Americans Use the Most Oil

3.5 percent of U.S. counties consume more than 10 percent of the nation's oil.

The (Not So Great) Economics of Micro Restaurants

Serving a dozen diners a night is getting more popular but not more profitable.

It's Official: Downtowns Are Booming

Neighborhoods within 2 miles of city hall saw huge jumps in population between 2000 and 2010, according to new numbers from the Census.

Why American Students Can't Write

A former South Bronx teacher recalls how his own idealism kept his class from learning how to write.

What Does a Corporation Owe Its Hometown?

Towns and cities spend lots of time and energy wooing companies. Often, they get little in return besides broken promises.

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Where Are the Most Uninsured Americans?

It varies widely across the country.

Michigan Is Getting the Long-Term Unemployed Back to Work

A new state program matches companies with participants.

Is Portland Really Where Young People Go to Retire?

According to a new study, the city attracts the young and college-educated at some of the highest rates in the country.

Can Detroit Live Up to Its Hype?

Boosters promise a city poised to become the next start-up hub. But driving around the downtown's empty streets, I'm not so sure I see a rosy future.

The Government's Secret Weapon to Boost Tourism

Easing visa restrictions has led to an 8.6 percent jump in travel to the United States from abroad.

Architecture Revenue Down 40% Since 2008

The industry has contracted, and adapted.

In New York, Low-Income Smokers Spend 25 Percent of Their Money on Cigarettes

And they paid nearly 40 percent of the state's cigarette tax revenue.