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    Myrtle Beach annually draws more than 14 million vacationers, and these days the city is a hotbed of luxury residential and high-end retail development.

  • Dallas Architects May Be Nudged From Project Management Role

    Excessive fees cited in move to third-party oversight of county projects

  • Oahu, Hawaii

    Oahu is a nearly 600-square-mile island paradise in the middle of the Pacific Ocean that is dealing with decidedly urban issues such as traffic jams and energy dependence.

  • Cleveland

    The many amenities Cleveland has to offer is helping the city, an often-overlooked Midwest gem, recover from a decades-long economic slump.

  • Houston

    Medicine and energy make Houston fertile ground for building, and green design is a growing market in this highly air-conditioned city.

  • Memphis, Tenn.

    For most of the '60s and '70s, Memphis sang the blues as residents fled and downtown declined. Today, about $3 billion has been invested in the city's renaissance.