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Pandemic pushes big-city dreamers out of Shanghai

Mar 30, 2021
Workers from rural China came to Shanghai in search of better lives, a challenge even in good times. Then the COVID-19 lockdown hit.
Parents boast about their unmarried children's achievements on handwritten notes taped to umbrellas at Shanghai's People's Park. The ads bring China's urban-rural divide into sharp focus.
Charles Zhang/Marketplace

The lucky migrant workers who get to retire in Beijing

Oct 4, 2019
While many people move away from the countryside for work, few of them are able to officially register in the cities.
A man sells dream catchers in Beijing. Few migrant workers from the countryside can stay in the city long term.
Photo courtesy of Shanghai 808 Studio

Amid urbanization and expense, hunting declines as a hobby

Aug 1, 2017
Fewer Americans are hunting as a hobby, but those that are still hunting, are spending more money doing it.
Leith Konyndyk kneels with his son's first turkey, which they took home to clean and turn into barbecue.
Blake Farmer/for Marketplace

Trump's desire for private infrastructure money will narrow his choices to mostly urban projects

Jul 19, 2017
Rural America, which supported Trump in the election, could be left out of water and road building investment as states and the president leverage private investment. Trump's plan offers little detail on federal spending and timing. Adding to the uncertainty, a presidential adviser has indicated that states should help themselves.


Infrastructure renewal work beneath Penn Station in New York. 


 
Kathy Willens/AP

America's most famous neighborhood

Sep 1, 2016
For our new series “At the Corner Of” we visit the heart of Hollywood.
Construction of a new hotel near the intersection of Hollywood and Vine.
Jennie Josephson/Marketplace

More companies trade in suburbia for the city

Aug 3, 2016
GE and McDonald's are among those heading downtown in search of younger workers.
A rendering of General Electric's new global headquarters in Boston. 
General Electric, © Gensler

Baltimore's $100 million investment legacy

May 22, 2015
The city's efforts to alleviate poverty date back decades, with lasting effects.
A view of downtown Baltimore. Twenty years ago, the city received $100 million as part of a federal program to target the nation's poorest neighborhoods.
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

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Tech IRL: Apps to get lost in familiar places

Aug 22, 2014
Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson talks about a few apps that help you discover a neighborhood and city instead of get from point A to point B.

Tackling urban blight with a paintbrush

Aug 5, 2014
One way to ensure your property prices don't fall: spruce up your neighborhood

Shlepping bike-share cycles in a giant van

Jul 15, 2014
Urban bike share's low-carbon, high-tech vision ... requires a few gas guzzlers.