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7 Uses for Failing Shopping Malls

Ideas (some good, some not) for what to do with these hulking, empty retail spaces.

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Gentrification and Its Discontents: 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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Homeless Guides Highlight a Part of Prague Most Tourists Never See

Rather than castles and squares, guides offer personal anecdotes of what it's like to live on the streets.

A Watercolor Guide to Harlem's Hidden Bakeries

An artist chronicles the neighborhood's best sweet shops.

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'Criminals Should Be Punished'

Protesters gathered across India's cities to demand justice and security for women.

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Taking a Post-Christmas Dip

Polar bear plunges around the world.

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Hints of the Holidays Amid Sandy's Wreckage

Nods to Christmas in Breezy Point, Queens.

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Austin Celebrates the End of the World in Style

The "end of the world soiree" featured hedonism, science, and a little bit of salvation.

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Death by a Million Cuts: What Cities Stand to Lose If We Go Over the Fiscal Cliff

Let's look at Baltimore as a case study for the on-the-ground, scary risks of federal inaction.

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Are You Ready for the End of Days?

Across the world, people are preparing by hoarding food, climbing mountains, and partying.

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A Bleak Christmas in Recession-Ravaged Europe

Gift purchases are dow n, Christmas lights are dim, and families are suffering.

In Paris, a Wall of 'I Love You's'

Two artists cover a Montmartre wall with more than 200 expressions of adoration.

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Mourners Gather in Newtown

On Sunday, President Obama pledged to "use whatever power this office holds" to prevent another mass shooting.

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'These Neighborhoods Are Our Neighborhoods': 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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Why Greece's Creaky Trains Have Become the Transit Option of Choice

Soaring fuel costs, recession cutbacks, and high road taxes mean many are leaving their cars at home.

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Sochi's Pre-Olympics Construction Bonanza

The Russian resort town gears up for next year's Winter Games.

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Christmas Time Is Here

A round-up of holiday cheer from around the world.

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Residents Flee Panama's Sinking Islands

The indigenous people of San Blas are forced to relocate, thanks to rising seas and climate change.

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In Seattle, Hundreds of Same-Sex Couples Line Up to Marry

Gay marriage became legal in Washington today. And some couples weren't wasting any time.