No Land Is Innocent

How a city still among the most segregated in the country can help its similarly struggling Midwestern neighbors.

Billie Holiday famously condemned the South in the tearless sob “Strange Fruit.”

“Southern trees bear strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black bodies swingin’ in the Southern breeze,
Strange fruit hangin’ from the poplar trees.”

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How Biking Can Save Cities Billions of Dollars in Health Expenses

If Midwestern city dwellers started biking instead of driving when running errands, they could make their communities measurably better.

Nearly 70 percent of Americans' car trips are less than two miles long. It's a no-brainer that biking instead of driving to take care of these trips is a great way to get exercise while cutting air pollution. While we've always assumed that the cumulative effect of many individuals making that choice would be longer, healthier lives and cleaner air in our cities, a recent scientific study put some rigor to our hypotheses and proved us right.

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Will High-Speed Internet Turn College Towns into Tech Start-Ups?

Some universities are hoping that offering super-high speed internet will create an attractive environment for startups.

Twenty-nine universities have teamed up to build ultra-high-speed computer networks in the communities surrounding them, in the hopes that the new technology will attract high-tech startups in fields like health care, energy and telecommunications to towns in Indiana, Kentucky, and Missouri. We're not just talking regular wireless—these internet speeds would potentially be hundreds of times faster than the typical household's laptop, fast enough to download HD movies in less than a minute.

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