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New York Can't Ditch School Trailers

Posted by Katie Marks | Apr 04, 2014

The New York Public School System is struggling with a huge volume of students pushing their way through facilities that are often outdated and unable to accommodate the sheer number...


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Precious Cargo: Moving A Historic Home By Barge

Posted by Katie Marks | Apr 03, 2014

How do you move a house across a lake? Very carefully, it turns out. When Winter Park, Florida needed to move Capen House, a historical structure from the 1880s, it came up with a rather...


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Philly's Garbage Crews Get A Party

Posted by Katie Marks | Apr 02, 2014

Have you thanked your garbage crew lately? Trash collectors go out in rain, sun, or snow, dealing with heavy trucks, garbage cans filled with all kinds of unpleasant things, and impatient...


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The Chicken That Lays Square Eggs

Posted by Katie Marks | Apr 01, 2014

There's a lot of suspicious news in the works this morning, but we're pretty sure this one has to be real: Britain's ITV is reporting from a farm in Suffolk where hens are producing...


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Tension Over Teardowns in Minneapolis

Posted by Katie Marks | Mar 31, 2014

In Minneapolis, a real estate resurgence is happening. More and more developers are working within the city, focusing on breathing life and vigor back into a struggling economy. Along...


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Big Changes in Avalon

Posted by Katie Marks | Mar 28, 2014

Avalon isn't just mythical: it's also a town and popular tourist destination on Santa Catalina Island, but it's in need of an update to get visitors more interested in coming, sticking...


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Sidewalks are for Humans, Too!

Posted by Katie Marks | Mar 27, 2014

What happens when your streets are designed solely for cars? Your communities turn into ghost towns, argue urban planners and critics of urban environments. In a country where many...


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Houston Channel Oil Spill Leaves Big Mess

Posted by Katie Marks | Mar 26, 2014

After a major ship collision in the Houston Channel, the Gulf is once again facing a major oil spill that could have a profound effect on local wildlife, and the economy, as officials...