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Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly

Why flood maps may not include areas that actually flood

by Ryan Kailath Oct 12, 2017
The maps take data from past disasters and apply it to future risk, but the calculations can get tricky — and political.
Floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey surround a home on Sept. 6, 2017, in Houston.
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Can compassion have economic benefits?

by Marketplace Contributor Aug 29, 2017
Louisville, Kentucky, is providing compassion training in public schools and the city’s jail.
Louisville, Kentucky declared itself a “compassionate city,” by signing onto an international compassion charter in 2011.  Louisville’s mayor, Greg Fischer, is a former businessman who lists making his city more compassionate as one of his top goals.
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Final Note

A game of (porcelain) thrones

by Kai Ryssdal Oct 23, 2014
Yes, they actually counted how many toilets exist in your city.

Mapping the city, statistic by statistic

by Ben Johnson and Abraham Moussako Jul 21, 2014
The map, one of the central elements of navigation, has expanded in capability since the form has been translated to digital. Case in point, the MIT Media Lab’s “You Are Here” project is a collection of maps that visualize a…

A small pocket of Detroit is thriving, but it's not a comeback city yet

by Sarah Hulett Jun 3, 2013
There's an urban revival in the downtown neighborhood of Midtown, but the level of affluence is less than in other reviving urban centers.
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What makes a city walkable?

by Sarah Gardner Jan 3, 2013
According to urban planner Jeff Speck, designing cities for cars makes cities "crappy," but making a city walkable is no easy task.