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'Pocket Parks' Start Popping Up Over All Over L.A.

Pocket Parks are little green spaces embedded in an otherwise built-up neighborhood. Urban theorists say it's beneficial to have small spaces like these that are less than 20,000 square feet and can serve people within a tenth of a mile of the park. Los Angeles has plans for 50 new parks like this and they're bulldozing foreclosed homes to make way for some of them. In this City Life Snapshot — we get a before and after picture of a new park on 49th Street in South L.A.
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Elizabeth Warren Weighs In On 'You Didn't Build It'

On Wednesday, Elizabeth Warren will take the national stage when she speaks at the Democratic National Convention. Audie Cornish spoke with her about the origin of the now infamous "you didn't build that" phrase, the state of the economy and her close Senate race in Massachusetts.
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Alaska Man Rolls Record Cabbage Out Of The Patch

Melissa Block speaks with Scott Robb of Palmer, Alaska, who has grown a world record-setting giant cabbage. It weighed in at 138.25 pounds at the Alaska State Fair. Robb has been nurturing a variety of world-record setting giant vegetables — including turnips and kale — for more than twenty years.
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Bridging The Gap Between Two Neighborhoods

In the nation's capital, park planners have drawn up an ambitious plan to transform an old bridge into an active recreation space. If realized, the park would offer a physical and symbolic link between two very different communities.
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Can A New Building Save A Failing School?

For years, School 16 in Rochester, N.Y., has been on the decline. The school's building was falling apart, and test scores were on a steady decline. Now, the school's move to a newer, nicer building brings hope that a better building could spell better academic performance.

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