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The Heated Politics of Renewable Energy

As cities vow to meet the Paris climate commitments, rival researchers debate the true costs of going 100-percent renewable.

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Can Detroiters Finally Get a Stake in the City's Real-Estate Boom?

A new program gives locals the skills to launch businesses and dictate how their city is expanding.

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Creating a Better Community Through Text Messages

As cities make their data more transparent and accountable, this project in New York found one way to use technology to engage the residents in the planning process—by prompting locals to text in ideas.

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Why Can't America Solve the Hunger Problem?

The new book Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance Between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups argues that food banks and pantries don’t chip away at underlying issues that keep people food-insecure.

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In Shrinking Akron, a Dead Highway Becomes a Forest

The six-lane Innerbelt connector obliterated downtown Akron in the 1970s. Next summer, it’s going to be covered in trees.

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Australia's Tantalizing Lessons on Privatizing Infrastructure

The White House is interested in modeling Australia’s approach to national infrastructure. Here’s how they do it Down Under.

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Rethinking India's Slum Resettlement Policy

A recent study makes a case for the government to engage with slums, rather than relocating inhabitants to cities’ outskirts.

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The Challenges Stacked Against Aging LGBT Americans

A lifetime of discrimination puts this generation at higher risk for social isolation, health problems, and economic insecurity. What can be done?  

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5 Ways U.S. Cities Can Fight Climate Change Without the Paris Accord

Build dense. Build near transit. Rinse and repeat.

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Barcelona's Old Town Gets A Reboot

The city seeks to control the excesses of tourism without making its oldest quarters feel like an empty shell.

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Pulling Back the Curtain on Police Officers' Suicides

Local efforts and federal laws are softening the macho culture and opening up new avenues for cops to ask for help.

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How Some Kids Escape Poverty

Just 16 percent of children who grow up in poverty manage to become economically successful adults. How do they do it?

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Built-Out Barcelona Makes Space for an Urban Forest

The city is planning a major green makeover to combat the heat island and create a more welcoming place for humans and animals alike.

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The 100-Year-Old Penalty for Being Black

Inherited racial disadvantage, more than poverty, explains why generations of African Americans have not reached economic parity with whites.

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Cambridge's Fleet of Smart Garbage Trucks Is Here to Sniff Out Problems

A collaboration between the city and MIT’s Senseable City Lab, these sensor-equipped vehicles can detect gas leaks, potholes, and other urban hurdles across their paths.

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New York City Seeks the 'Holy Grail' of Street Design

Why do some intersections have such high pedestrian injury rates? It’s not all about the number of cars.

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How Phoenix Helped Its Working Poor Beat the Summer Heat

The city organized a massive outreach campaign when it learned that low-income communities didn’t know about its free cooling stations.

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Disaster Prep, at the Nail Salon

A Long Island university’s efforts to reach Mandarin-speaking workers hit on the value of social resilience.

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Can Kansas City Come Together?

Voters from around the city just approved a citizen-led tax initiative that will funnel funds only to the long-neglected east side. But Kansas City’s racial fractures may be hard to heal.