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Words on the Street

The week’s best writing on cities: how to rebuild Penn Station, a new Pittsburgh airport, and China’s dysfunctional megacities.

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Can Cooperative Businesses Save Communities?

Local ownership of inner-city enterprises is helping renew depressed neighborhoods.

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Brazil’s Little Platoons

Residents of Rio’s famed slums are tougher and more self-sustaining than the Olympic games displacing them.

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Good Neighboring In an Age of Police Brutality

Before calling the cops for a nuisance violation, reach out to your neighbor.

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Where Do the Parties Stand on Housing?

The Republican and Democratic platforms recycle their talking points without addressing real issues.

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Philadelphia Scales Up Civic Engagement

Micro-projects will always have their place, but the task of revitalizing cities can now grow beyond the block.

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How Brandcentric Architecture Is Destroying Our Sense of Place

A community is defined by its common look. Why are big companies flattening local advantages?

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