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Cityscape focuses on urban life in our metro area. Topics range from urban design and architecture to transportation, highways, traffic, transit, walking and biking. Cityscape also examines important urban issues — such as real estate development, education, crime, poverty and family life — as well as the arts, sports and entertainment in our community. Marlys Harris, Judy Keen, Steven Dornfeld and Steve Berg have contributed to this department.

Seeking flexibility amid the invisible hand of street design standards

Cities and counties are creating more flexible design guides — but on certain roadways they must comply with strict state standards.