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Cyclists and walks use a trail beside Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas.

HQ2 Is Only Part of the Story of Big-Tech Expansion

Amazon HQ2 may be split between superstar cities, but San Francisco’s big tech firms are starting to expand into smaller, non-coastal places.

Stan Lee’s New York City

The Marvel Comics maestro gave his superheroes a city that’s colorful, dangerous, rude, quippy, and full of heart. It might be his greatest creation.

Amazon HQ2 Goes to New York City and Northern Virginia

After Jeff Bezos set off one of the highest-profile bidding wars in modern history, Amazon picked two East Coast cities for its new headquarters. The surprise extra: There's something in it for Nashville, too.

A renovated art deco movie theater in Puerto Rico with a new marquee promoting the bakery that moved in last year.

A Neglected Art Deco Gem in Puerto Rico Becomes a Community Staple

Just after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, a historic movie theater in Ponce was restored and reopened as a family-run bakery.

A photo of a resident of Community First Village, a tiny-home community for people who were once living in homelessness, outside of Austin, Texas.!

Austin's Fix for Homelessness: Tiny Houses, and Lots of Neighbors

Community First! Village’s model for ending homelessness emphasizes the stabilizing power of social connections.

A man walks down the Zeedjik.

How a Dutch Housing Agency Rescued an Amsterdam Street From the Drug Trade

Frustrated by rampant heroin trade, residents of the street Zeedijk forced a public-private real-estate partnership to protect the street while preventing community displacement.

A photo of young people dancing at a Daybreaker event in Washington, D.C.

To Find Community, Wake Up Early and Dance

Radha Agrawal, inventor of Daybreaker early-morning dance parties, wrote a book on how make more friends in an isolating world. I tried to follow her advice.

Stockbridge, Georgia

Why the Vote to Secede From a Black City Failed in Georgia

There were many reasons to oppose letting Eagle’s Landing tear apart the city of Stockbridge, but it shouldn’t have even been on the ballot in the first place.

Stairs from the Eiffel Tower, to be auctioned in Paris.

For Sale: A Piece of the Eiffel Tower

A section of the tower’s original staircase is up for auction in Paris this month.

A photo of people comforting each other after a mass shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California.

The Thousand Oaks Shooting and the Geography of American Gun Violence

A gunman killed at least 12 people in a California suburb known as one of the safest cities in the U.S.  

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos speaks in Washington, D.C.

Why New York and D.C. Make Sense for Amazon’s HQ2

In splitting HQ2, Amazon gains a presence in New York, which has the largest number of corporate headquarters, and greater Washington, D.C., which is fast gaining as a popular site for a corporate base.

A close-up of the arms and suckers of a giant Pacific octopus in an aquarium tank.

What an ‘Octopus Census’ Near Seattle Found

Once a year, the Seattle Aquarium enlists local divers to search for giant Pacific octopuses in the Puget Sound.

The City Leaders Who Reached Higher Office in 2018

The midterm elections saw a handful of mayors and city councillors win seats in Congress and statewide offices.

The New Metropolitan Majority

If Democrats want to build a durable coalition, they will need to shift their approach, building ties between voters in cities and those in the suburbs that surround them.

Voters in Boise, Idaho

On Ballot Measures, a Progressive Sweep

Across the U.S., progressive causes won big in ballot initiative results, from minimum wage hikes, to felon re-enfranchisement, to a corporate tax for homelessness.

A photo of voting sign hung up outside Phoenix polling station

Why Americans Don’t Vote

A dispatch from the lowest-turnout district in the United States illustrates why many people won’t go to the polls on Tuesday.

The campus of Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, a rural magnet for creative-class workers.

Where the Creative Class Thrives in Rural America

Although the creative class in the United States is largely urban, many rural counties also have high shares of knowledge, professional, and artistic workers.

A photograph of a visitor to the Kungstradgarden ice rink in downtown Stockholm, Sweden.

Stockholm Isn’t Buying This Apple Store

The Swedish capital has rebuffed the tech giant’s scheme to build a new Apple Store in the Kungsträdgården, the city’s central square.

Amazon storage lockers.

Double the HQ2? What It Means if Amazon Splits Up Its Second Headquarters

It won't get double the tax incentives (probably). But there are other tactical reasons for the move.

Mapping Where Americans Don't Vote

“The United States of Apathy” showcases the dramatic effect of low voter turnout in U.S. elections.

Ahead of the midterms, Representative John Culberson talks to local residents while campaigning on foot in Houston.

Extreme Weather Is Now an Election Issue

In Texas’s 7th district, congressional candidates have sparred over the response to Hurricane Harvey. Elsewhere, climate change, floods, wildfires, and red-tide algae are factors in the midterms.