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  • Bringing big city gluttony to North Dakota
    By: Sarah Chandler, Special to CNBC.com
    Friday, 15 Nov 2013 | 9:00 AM ET
    Patrons dance to live music in a bar in Williston, North Dakota.

    Sake bombs, Flaming Tiger rolls and the $5 coffee before the craft brewery pub crawl: How the oil boom is changing Williston, North Dakota.

  • Ditch the car? Dying suburbs revived by walking
    By: Maggie Overfelt, Special to CNBC.com
    Wednesday, 9 Oct 2013 | 8:47 AM ET
    Street scene in the Belmar section of Lakewood, Colo.

    The urban-suburban divide has come full circle and one of the most overlooked solutions to suburban flight is a focus on making communities walkable.

  • Young people shunning the suburbs in favor of city life are leading the charge in the "reurbanization of America," real estate mogul Sam Zell says.

  • The American invention India really craves: exurbs
    By: Katherine Foshko Tsan, Special to CNBC.com
    Thursday, 18 Jul 2013 | 9:08 AM ET
    Lavasa, a manufactured resort city in India, south of Mumbai a few hours by road. Lavasa was built by the Hindustan Construction Company. View of the homes along Portofino Street. This is a park at one end of the stretch of buildings.

    India's new exurban planned communities could be part of a solution to large-scale municipal failings, or the greatest mass fleeing from impoverished cities in the 21st century.

  • How Ugly, Polluting Buses Can Drive Future Cities
    By: Katherine Foshko Tsan, Special to CNBC.com
    Tuesday, 9 Jul 2013 | 4:23 PM ET
    View of the "TransMilenio" express bus system and private cars in Bogata, Colombia.

    Urban buses of the emerging world have a bad reputation for choking pollution, which they no longer deserve. In fact, they could be future cities' best hope.

  • Colombia: Urban Past, Rural Future?
    By: Bruno del Ama, CEO of Global X Funds
    Wednesday, 10 Jul 2013 | 3:48 PM ET
    A coffee-bean picker at a plantation in Colombia.

    Though Colombia's cities are set to remain its primary growth engine, the country is now on the cusp of a rural revival.

  • Brazilian Protests and the Next Global Oil Crisis
    By: Deborah Gordon, Special to CNBC.com
    Monday, 8 Jul 2013 | 12:21 PM ET
    Demonstrators in Rio de Janeiro protest for better public services, a new political system and against the Brazilian PEC37 draft law, a proposed constitutional amendment that would take away the power of independent public prosecutors to probe crimes making it harder to combat corruption.

    Failure to take advantage of oil revenues helped to spark Brazilian protests. Energy riches, if mismanaged, will trigger urban uprisings around the world.

Digital Divide

  • How Disney plans to keep kids hooked on TV forever
    By: Chris Morris, Special to CNBC.com
    Tuesday, 3 Dec 2013 | 11:41 AM ET

    Cable and content kings worry about cord-cutting, but a recent move by Disney suggests streaming content for kids is a plan to keep kids hooked on TV.

  • The bully you don't believe exists: Your own kid
    By: Chris Morris, Special to CNBC.com
    Thursday, 14 Nov 2013 | 9:00 AM ET

    The Internet divides students as much as the cafeteria table, and it’s not just the classic schoolyard bullies who are becoming online menaces.

  • Stealth evolution: Humans and technology merge Tuesday, 12 Nov 2013 | 7:15 AM ET
    Google glass

    From Google glass to smart lightbulbs that can influence consciousness and alertness, humans and technology are stealthily merging, says Terry Tamminen.

  • 1 in 7 Americans is offline. Why? It's complicated
    By: Kathryn Zickuhr, Research Associate, Pew Research Center's Internet Project
    Monday, 21 Oct 2013 | 9:58 AM ET

    One in seven Americans is offline, and it's exactly who you would expect, according to Pew Research, but the 'why' is the more interesting finding.

  • OMG, U need 2 understand Zimbabwe's teen texters Thursday, 17 Oct 2013 | 4:27 PM ET
    BlackBerry remains the most popular smartphone on the African continent.

    Young people in developing economies could be Silicon Valley's most important growth market. Here's the data that shows why.

  • Playing 'Call of Duty' against a kid in Beijing
    By: Chris Morris, Special to CNBC.com
    Tuesday, 8 Oct 2013 | 3:43 PM ET
    People try Activision Blizzard Inc.'s 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3' on Microsoft Corp. XBox 360 video game consoles.

    The gaming world has its own haves and have-nots. Rich countries get the latest consoles, while other countries get past models. That’s changing.

  • Wired boomers drive exponential LinkedIn growth
    By: Julie Halpert, Special to CNBC.com
    Monday, 7 Oct 2013 | 1:51 PM ET

    The stereotype of seniors out of touch with technology is being upended by "wired" elders, but wealth continues to divide older Americans online.

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