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What is the next “Next Silicon Valley’?

According to recent data? Its still Silicon Valley… With many cities eager to take on the mantle of being the next great tech hub, it More...

On a new shared street in Chicago, there are no sidewalks, no lights, and almost no signs

Chicago is planning an interesting new “shared street” project, which will remove sidewalks, crosswalks, curbs and lane markings in a four-block area next year. Similar More...

Gentrification and the persistence of poor minority neighborhoods

Richard Florida at CityLab takes a look at a new study on the relationship between race, inequality  and gentrification in American cities. The study, which looked at More...

What is the true value of a vacant or abandoned building?

Vacant or abandoned buildings can often appear to be more of a challenge than an opportunity for communities. The Hidden Value in Abandoned Buildings (HViAB) tool could More...

New survey: What makes a city great?

A recent survey asking 1,000 urbanites in San Francisco, Chicago, Austin, New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C.,  offers some interesting insights for into what people love most More...

Top-ten U.S. cities with large population declines since 1950

Christopher Berggren at the Sustainable Cities Collective explores ten cities in the United States that have experienced large population declines between 1950 and 2010. The list includes More...

A heat map dining guide to hoagies, hipsters and bacon

  Yelp is website that was designed with useful information that was created by the collective knowledge of previous diners.  The reviews have become so More...

Inside a nondescript Chicago warehouse hides an enormous farm

Ben Schiller at Co.Exist takes a look at how the FarmedHere project has turned an abandoned warehouse in Chicago into a 90,000 square foot vertical farm that will More...

So, is Toronto really bigger than Chicago? It’s complicated

Toronto is technically larger than Chicago, but this is also dependent on several variables, including what areas are still considered part of the GTA.  Toronto More...

SimCity reference of the day: Chicago zoning map

SimCity tries to spice up city zoning by launching a new learning game for designers.

Mapping Chicago’s growing cornucopia of urban gardens

In Chicago, like in many cities, local food production comes in many forms, from small backyard crops to community gardens. Researchers are now using Google More...

Chicago for sale

For more than two decades, Chicago has been one of the nation’s leaders in privatizing municipal services and assets. Continuing the experiment in “public-private partnerships” begun More...