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Bars Are the Secret to Thriving Downtowns: The Best #Cityreads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

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Terrifying Images From California's Latest Wildfires

Already, 10,000 acres of the Los Angeles area have been torched.

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One World Trade Center's Spire Gets Hoisted Atop the Building

A 400-foot tall spire will be attached for good some time in the next several weeks.

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Workers Around the World Unite for May Day

For much of the world, the beginning of May evokes not May poles but protests.

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Dhaka Explodes in Protests After Factory Collapse Kills Hundreds

Workers demand safer conditions; government action after the worst accident in the country's short history.

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How Dallas Killed the Farmers' Market: The Best #Cityreads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

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Piles of Sneakers, Rose Petals and Other Moving Memorials to Boston

From the city and beyond.

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In Bangladesh, a Frantic Search for Survivors After a Factory Collapse

At least 70 garment workers have died and scores more were injured when an 8-story building fell down Wednesday morning.

What E. L. Konigsburg Taught Me About Cities

The beloved children's book author captured the essence of urban life better than just about anyone else.

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The Faces of New York, Plastered on the Sidewalks of New York

The portraits were taken in a giant photo booth in Tribeca.

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See This Gigantic Red Ball 'Tour' Paris

Artist Kurt Perschke is installing an enormous red ball in a different Parisian location every day through April 28.

The Geography of the Boston Marathon Manhunt

Much of last night's action took place in Cambridge and Watertown, a western suburb of Boston.

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'Boston, You're My Home'

Makeshift memorials from around the city.

The Map as Ghost Story, Love Story and Everything in Between

A new book invites New York residents to draw their own experiences on maps of Manhattan.

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A World Without Trash Cans?

Early reports suggest at least one of the bombs used in yesterday's Boston Marathon attack was hidden in a garbage can. There's a case to be made for removing them all.

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Major U.S. Cities Remain on High Alert Following Boston Marathon Attacks

New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. have stepped up police presence on transit, at tourist attractions, and near hotels.

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Key Locations in the Boston Marathon Attacks

Maps of where blasts occurred, the race course, the streets in question.

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Places Even Cell Phones Don't Reach: The Best #Cityreads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we' ve come across in the past seven days.

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Surprisingly Lush Photos of Daily Life in North Korea

Inside the Hermit Kingdom.