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Innovations used in 12 cities around the world may help others

What makes a city work? And are there innovations that can make a city work better? We went looking for good ideas that are being tested in cities around the world, asking urban leaders who will be attending the CityLab conference in Los Angeles this week to tell us about one good idea that has worked well back home. Here is a collection of the ideas we liked best.

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The Portable Approach to Smart Controls for Renters

As the popularity of smart controls increase, many wonder how to make an apartment "smart" without making a permanent change. Here are our favorite tips.

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How Open Data Is Transforming City Life

Start a business. Manage your power use. Find cheap rents, or avoid crime-ridden neighborhoods. Cities and their citizens worldwide are discovering the power of “open data”—public data and information available from government and other sources that can help solve civic problems and create new business opportunities.

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New Yorkers fled to suburbs but offspring seek city life: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) - From the 1950s to the 1980s, families in the New York City area fled to the outer suburbs, but their offspring are heading back in droves to eight counties that make up the city's regional core, according to a report released on Monday.

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Homeworks: Urban dwellers make the most of small spaces

The pendulum is swinging again toward the smaller home — which means a lot of people are looking to make the most of their available living and storage space.

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The 10 Most Relaxed Cities in America, Because Who Says Urban Living Has To Be Stressful?

It used to be that people went to cities for excitement. The noise, the action, and the risk was attractive. Raised in drab suburbs and sleepy small towns, nest-fleers found the prospect of long days, interminable nights, and an inexhaustible supply of diversions alluring. In recent years, however,

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Smart City: BU researchers work to improve urban living - The Daily Free Press

Researchers from BU have recently received a grant to start work on "Smart City," a program to wirelessly assist with a myriad of city functions.

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How sharing will define the future of urban life

Bringing a collaborative spirit to the entire urban ecosystem is imperative, including open data and public-private partnerships, says ridesharing startup Bandwagon.

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5 Tips for Urban Running

From speeding taxis and buses to pedestrians and cyclists, the congestion of a main road makes incredibly dangerous terrain for runners.

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How Millennials Could Be Housing Market Heroes - US News

First-time qualification for a mortgage is one of the big obstacles standing in their way.

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10 Places Millennials Are Moving For Bigger Paychecks

Over the past five years, Gen Yers have decamped for some surprisingly pricey cities in search of a higher-paying job.

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MAP: These Are the Most Popular Elementary Schools in New York City - Upper West Side - DNAinfo.com New York

DNAinfo crunched kindergarten application data to find the city's most popular schools.

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Is Living in an Expensive City a “Consumption Choice,” Just Like Buying a Fancy Car?

Let’s talk a little more about what it means to be “rich” in New York City. In most of the country, a family with a low six-figure income—say $150,000 or $250,000 a year—would be considered pretty affluent. But in New York, some would say that’s just middle class, since life...

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City Living: East Village, where art and counterculture still lurk - am New York

The neighborhood has kept its creative scene and artsy vibe.

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Milennials Are Reading More Books Than Their Parents

Social media didn't kill the novel after all -- teenagers and 20-somethings read more than their parents, according to a new study.

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12 Data-Driven Cities Making the Internet of Things a Reality - Smart Data Collective

12 Data-Driven Cities Making the Internet of Things a Reality Smart Data Collective Among all on the Internet of Things and big data hubbub, we decided to go looking for the real-deals in town, and the cities and the people who populate them that...

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The 8 Best Bowling Alleys In NYC - Gothamist

The 8 Best Bowling Alleys In NYC Gothamist THE GUTTER: The Gutter gets overshadowed by its shinier, slightly more musical Williamsburg counterpart (see below on this list), but don't let the lack of Blue Ribbon chicken turn you off.

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Curbed NY: Fastest-Gentrifying 'Hoods in NYC; Nonprofits Become Condos

All the latest real estate and neighborhood news from Curbed NY... 1) Brooklyn and Harlem: By comparing the median home prices of every neighborhood in the five boroughs from June 2013 to June 2014 and taking the neighborhoods where the... http://krui.info/curbed-ny-fastest-gentrifying-hoods-in-nyc-nonprofits-become-condos.php/

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Micro-Apartment Movement Looks to Build Momentum Among Millennials -- AOL Real Estate

Micro units are catching on in Europe and Asia due to high population density, but stricter zoning laws have slowed their spread across the United States.

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The Best and Worst Cities in the US for Riding a Bike - Health.com

Health.com The Best and Worst Cities in the US for Riding a Bike Health.com More people are switching gears.

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Talking To Your Neighbors May Save Your Life: Connections Between Community & Your Health — The Atlantic

I've done it, Carrie recently confessed to doing it, but now, a new study shows that avoiding your neighbors may actually be bad for your heart. Turns out, feeling socially connected to your community reduces the risk of a heart attack...a lot.

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How much energy does living in a walkable neighborhood actually save?

Jeff Speck says as much in a week as your changing all your bulbs does in a year. Here's proof. (Wondering how much energy living in a walkable neighborhood can save?

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FINALLY: You Can Live Like Carrie Bradshaw

You've never had home envy like this.(The most INSANE pictures from Sarah Jessica Parker's real-life apartment http://t.co/DUqy6FB5QW http://t.co/4DSSoF3u2v)...

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Bette Midler's New York Restoration Project Brings the Arts to Community Gardens | MetroFocus | THIRTEEN

This summer the NYRP added another free program called Arts in the Gardens - a partnership with the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

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Public Spaces and Placemaking Globally | Sustainable Cities Collective

The Urban Living Room consists of your typical living room furnishings: a sofa, chairs, coffee table, dresser and lamp, as well as common objects used in everyday life like a teapot, newspaper rack, plant and even a campfire - all painted in electric blue.

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Demand for Apartments Proves Stronger Than Thought, Driven by Millennials...validated by GSE Research

Good news for multifamily housing—demand for space is likely to be even stronger than experts estimated, helping the sector keep ahead of new construction for the immediate future, according to the Mid-Year Outlook 2104 from Freddie Mac Multifamily Research.

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First Apartment Budgeting Basics: Your Monthly Expenses Checklist

You’ve signed the lease and you have a move-in date. You know how much rent you can afford. But what are your expenses once you move in? Let’s break it down. First, there’s the moving. This is a on...