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Cities: A Special Issue

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By 2050, 66 per cent of the world’s population will live in metro areas. That rapid urbanization has made cities a focus of active experimentation and intellectual energy. In this special report, we look at the role urban universities play – for better and worse – in their communities, new insights into the history and future of cities, and the barriers that get in the way of good research.


    When Universities Swallow Cities

    Is it in the public interest to have giant urban campuses freeload off their neighbors’ taxes?

    How the Government Segregated America

    A new book recounts the forgotten history of housing discrimination.

    The New Urban Science

    Big data and big dollars are transforming the field. But scholars are struggling to keep up.

    A Fragile Urban Consensus

    Economists and sociologists finally agree: Where people live matters. Now comes the hard part.
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    Power to the Cities

    Cities birthed democracy. They must reassert themselves to preserve it, argues the late Benjamin Barber in his final book.
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    The Neighborhood University

    Five scholars on what their universities owe their local communities.