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Helsinki's Vision for Ending Car Ownership: Best #CityReads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

Tooshlights

Traffic Lights Are Coming to a Restroom Near You

Tooshlights aim to shorten public bathroom lines and offer more privacy.

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London's Book Benches Highlight the Capital's Great Literary Works

A public art project invites you to have a seat on outsized versions of tomes linked to the city.

Google

Become Instantly Addicted to This Google Maps Geography Trivia Game

 "Smarty Pins” uses miles as a scoring system—run out and you’re done.

Steven Vance

The Curbee Invites Cyclists to Rest at Red Lights

A Copenhagen urban-biking staple finds its way to Chicago.

AP Photo/Richard Vogel

The Drought-Era 'No Excuses' Guide to Conserving Water

8 of the worst water-wasting habits that you can start changing today.

Food Huggers

Simple Reusable Food Savers to Keep Your Summer Fruits and Veggies Fresh

Food Huggers promise “less waste, more taste."

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Two Major Public Library Systems Are About to Start Lending Wi-Fi Hotspots

The New York and Chicago public libraries are both planning to experiment with new ways to bridge the digital divide. 

TransitMix

Design Your Own Fantasy Bus System for Real-World Cities

And get an estimate of how much each line would cost to run.

Pat Sullivan/AP Photo

Not All Tree Planting Programs Are Great for the Environment

Some tree species can lead to more ozone production than others, especially in urban areas.

BetaBrand

These Plaid Shirts Come With Built-In Reflective Stripes

Fit in during the day, stand out at night.

Michael Barry/Brian Card

Capturing Boston's Subway System in Stunning Detail

What a month's worth of train data can reveal about delays and commute times.

City of Louisville/Keith Hackett

Just a Bit of a Stretch: How Louisville Cut Garbage Collector Injuries in Half

Bend over, touch your toes, miss fewer days of work. 

Goran Sebelic/Skira

In Croatia, Old Shipyard Cranes Become Glowing Sculptures

The city of Pula puts a permanent spotlight on its industrial heritage.

eCool

An 'Earth Cooler' Can Chill Your Beer Without Electricity

Denmark's eCool stores two-dozen cans four feet underground. 

MIT Media Lab

MIT's Newest Invention Fits All the Furniture You Need in One Closet-Sized Box

And you can control it all with voice and gesture commands.

MIT

A Better Way to Camouflage Eyesores

Researchers are developing algorithms that can generate "invisibility cloaks" for ugly objects like utility boxes.

Boxbee

A New Storage Service For When You Only Need a Little Bit of Space

Boxbee bills itself as an "urban storage valet."

Adam Chang

A Painstakingly Illustrated Catalog of Manhattan’s Subway Tile Mosaics

Travel through 118 stations without leaving your room.