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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.

Tattooed New Yorkers Report All Kinds of Nasty Skin Conditions

Researchers say going under the needle can sometimes mean rashes that last for months.

Shanghai Zoo Animals Keep Dying From Eating People's Garbage

Who knew feeding deer plastic waste would hurt them?

The World Is Either Becoming a Much More Peaceful Place … or It Isn’t

A scholarly debate over the risk of war.

The Failures and Merits of Place-Based Initiatives

Targeting select low-income communities for an infusion of resources isn’t the answer to the problem of urban poverty. But what is?

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Relive 'Batkid' Fever With the Trailer for 'Batkid Begins'

Everybody’s favorite feel-good story is getting a theatrical release.

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America's Aging Population Is Bad News for Women's Careers

Unless the U.S. can put policies in place to support family caretakers.

The Top 6 Reasons to Be Wary of City Rankings, Ranked

A list-based guide to looking beyond the listicle.

Irregular Work Schedules Have the Biggest Impact on Women

A new report reveals who is hit hardest by erratic hours and unstable incomes.

To Fix Baltimore, Start With the Kids

Mental health resources, affordable child care, and better police relations would go a long way toward improving the lives of disadvantaged youths.

The Definition of a Game-Changer: L.A.'s $15 Minimum Wage

Tuesday’s vote sets the bar for wage standards in the biggest U.S. cities.

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The Economy for Young People Is Still Terrible

The era of the overeducated barista is here to stay. College graduates are still spending more and more years (and money) to get worse and worse entry-level jobs.

Mega-Events Are a Disease

Seven reasons they’re so terrible for cities.

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15 Seconds of Pure Parkour Terror

A free-runner laughs at death by leaping across the side of a Dubai tower.

Why It Won't Do Any Good to Add Seatbelts on Trains

In some cases they might add to the death toll of a crash.