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Shaping The City: Rethinking Planning Rules

Traditional zoning ordinances took hold a century ago to control what was built where, how densely and how tall. Those rules determine how land is used -- preventing, for example, a company from building a factory in the middle of a residential neighborhood, or someone turning their home into a retail shop. But as more cities and suburbs shift to denser, mixed-use development, they're bumping up against zoning regulations that may no longer make sense. We explore how different jurisdictions are rethinking the rules.

Zoning Cartoons

"Shaping the City" columnist Roger Lewis draws humor from height limits, zoning regulations and the "new rules" of urban design.

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Puerto Rico Is Sowing A New Generation Of Small Farmers

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Puerto Rico Is Sowing A New Generation Of Small Farmers

Decades of industrialization have left the island reliant on imported food. But change is coming — from government subsidies for small farmers, to classes that teach school kids how to grow food.
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Abortion Is Back In The Spotlight In Virginia

The state's current attorney general is overturning a ruling from the previous attorney general that would have shut down most of the abortion clinics in the state, and the issue isn't just about regulations and politics. It's also about money.
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If someone is infected by the Loa loa worm, taking a drug to treat river blindness could be risky. Now there's a fast way to identify the worm — by turning a smartphone into a microscope.

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