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Silicon Valley Homebuilder Finds A Profitable Niche

The U.S. housing industry has yet to recover from the last recession, but you wouldn't know that by looking at rising home prices in California's still-prosperous Silicon Valley. By being conservative with his ventures, James Witt has made a successful business out of rebuilding Palo Alto homes.
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Eisenhower Family Objects To Design For Memorial

The Eisenhower family has asked for a delay in the planning of a memorial for President Dwight Eisenhower. The family says they have differences with architect Frank Gehry's concept for the memorial.
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'Smart Decline': A Lifeline For Zombie Subdivisions?

With many boomtime developments now just dusty wastelands, Sun Belt suburbs like those outside Phoenix are shifting gears. Some planners argue for a radical option called "smart decline" — letting empty lots go back to nature and even, in some cases, tearing down infrastructure.
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Farmer Strives To Stay On School Land

After a long fight, a Montgomery County county farmer wins the right to at least one more growing season on land he leases from the county.

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Nature And Design Meet In Lautner's Modern Homes

An artist with an idyllic childhood might be as rare as a house with walls made of air, but both play a part in the story of architect John Lautner. Aesthetically influenced by his Northern Michigan upbringing, Lautner's designs have been featured in several films, including The Big Lebowski.
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Deconstructing A Skyscraper

In her new book, The Heights: Anatomy of a Skyscraper, author Kate Ascher sheds light on the infrastructure and services that make life and work possible in a modern skyscraper. She examines everything that goes into designing, building and maintaining these towering buildings.
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Kansas City Cashes In On A Big-Time Sports Bet

The Missouri river town spent $300 million on a glass-encased sports arena that no big-league pro sports team calls home. Four years later, Sprint Center ranks as America's fifth-busiest arena, with visitors ranging from Lady Gaga to Elmo, from college hoops to Cirque du Soleil.
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Assessing National Cathedral's Damage After Quake

Guy Raz talks to Joseph Alonso, head stonemason at the Washington National Cathedral, about the damage the building suffered from the Aug. 23 earthquake.

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