Dealing with the current economy

Wal-Mart. Too big to fail.

Wal-Mart's business model, like everything else American, relies on ever-increasing rates of growth.

Maryland finding: Close-in housing has held value better

In the real estate downturn since 2007, houses outside state's Priority Funding Areas declined in value faster than those inside the boundaries.

Good news: The end Is near. Really.

Passionate folks from the private, non-profit, and government sectors gathered at the New Partners for Smart Growth conference to work their way clear of the debris of denial.

The problem with Egypt? Its cities.

Egypt is the only large country to have become less urban in the past 30 years. That fact sheds light on the stagnation of the Mubarak era.

Chicago loses 200,000 inhabitants

Census figures show the Windy City's population declined by 6.9 percent between 2000 and 2010, reversing its gains from the 1990s.

Housing prices

Housing prices

In Seattle, Atlanta, and a 20-city average. Source: The New York Times.

Prices in some housing markets plummet

Seattle area home prices have dropped 31 percent since mid-2007. But in some regions, housing is stronger than The New York Times suggests.

Inner suburbs will run short of housing, ULI says

Demand for housing in accessible close-in suburbs will outstrip supply in the next few years, predicts Patrick L. Phillips.

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