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Moving Poor People Into a Neighborhood Doesn't Cause Crime

Hard proof that there's no relationship between housing vouchers and higher crime at the city level or in the suburbs.

Alan Mislove

Watch the Intricate Patterns of Global Infrastructure Emerge From Geocoded Tweets

It's a pretty impressive snapshot of the transportation networks of large stretches of the globe.

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How Cities Mess With Our Sleep Cycles

Electrical lighting has allowed our bodies to move away from our natural clock.

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How Memory Alters Our Perception of Place

The curious results of walking tours in New York, Berlin and Mumbai.

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What If You Never Had to Pay for Parking at the Airport Again?

A clever new peer-to-peer car-sharing scheme makes a lot of our standard travel expenses look like a huge waste of money.

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The Steady Decline of Homeownership for Everyone, Everywhere

In four charts.

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The Spanish Train Crash Now Looks Like the World's Worst Case of Distracted Driving

Turns out the train operator was on the phone.

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Really, It Is Extremely Unlikely That You Will Die in a Train Crash

A reminder from the data.

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The Insane Logistics of 'eBay Now'

The frontier of online retail keeps getting weirder.

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Manhunts Made Smarter

Could better software change how police departments find fugitives?

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How to Make Chicago's Union Station a Place You'd Actually Want to Visit

You can vote from among a fresh batch of 25 new ideas.

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That Horrible Spanish Train Crash Appears to Have Been Caused By a Reckless Driver

With terrible consequences.

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Hysteria and Racist Screeds Over HUD Plans to Map Neighborhood Diversity

Cue cries of "social engineering," "forced integration," and "tyranny."

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The Small, Often Imperceptible Reasons Some Neighborhoods Feel Safer Than Others

Something like trash on the street can rejigger our entire sense of a place.

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A Federal Judge Has Frozen All Legal Challenges to Detroit's Bankruptcy

A victory for the city's lawyers, a defeat for public-employee unions.

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You're More Likely to Die a Violent Death in Rural America Than in a City

Yes, homicide-related death rates are higher in urban areas, but you're twice as likely to die in a car crash outside a city.

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The Exquisite Geometry of Global Flight Paths

As revealed by a billion dots of color.

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Yet More Evidence of Peak Car

Not only do we now own fewer cars. We're also driving each of them less.

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Poverty Hurts Kids More Than Being Born to Moms on Cocaine

The conclusion to a long-running study of "crack babies" in Philadelphia.