Laura Bliss

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What Life Is Like on the Micronation of Sealand: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

LAWF

A Transit-Themed World's Fair May Be Coming to Los Angeles

A group of architects, engineers, and venture capitalists are pushing for it. There are obvious problems—and a not-so-obvious benefit.

Astro Digital

An Archive of the World's Freshest Satellite Images

A new tool lets you easily browse NASA-quality photos of Earth from 2013 up to this very minute.

Kristine Brown

Getting African-American Boys to Read With 'Barbershop Books'

Many young black males don't see reading as part of their identity, one NYC educator believes. Haircut by haircut, he's trying to fix that.

Brookings

Using Legos to Explain Taxes and Economic Inequality

A playful way to understand a complicated problem.   

AP Photo/Paul Warner

Simple Living Hits the Road as RV Ownership Surges

Sales are about to reach pre-recession levels. Who's driving them and why?

REUTERS/Paul Yeung

Chinese 'Nail Houses' Won't Budge for New Development

The holdout homes are a symbol of underdog defiance of wealth and power.

AP Photo

Reinventing Times Square, Again: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

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The Troublesome Connection Between City Trees and Income Inequality

A new study finds a strong correlation between income level and canopy cover. But the solution involves more than just planting additional trees.

REUTERS/China Daily

Copycat Architecture Is Still Booming in China

The nation loves its Eiffel Tower, Great Sphinx, and White House. The reason is more complicated than you might think.

AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd

A Geography of Street Music

Street Music Map presents a lively mosaic of the world's finest buskers.

AP Photo/Chris Carlson

Will California's Golf Courses Survive the Drought?

Long a symbol of water profligacy, some courses have been conserving for years. Others have not.

USDA

Welcome Spring With This Psychedelic Map of the U.S. in Bloom

Maps from the U.S. Forest Service show signs of the season across America's forests, fields, and urban areas.

Flickr/Bart Everson

What We Can Learn From Mapping America's Disjointed Bike Lanes: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

California's New Water Restrictions Demand Transparency From Farmers

Governor Jerry Brown has finally called out how poorly the state accounts for agricultural water use.

AP Photo/Peter Prengaman

Should American Schools Have a 4-Day Week?

With schools strapped for funds, some districts are considering lopping off a full day of teaching.

Janet Delaney

Photographing the Beginning of the End of 'Old San Francisco'

Janet Delaney's "South of Market" series documents an early wave of the city's transformation—in the 1970s.

Ri Liu

Visualizing the Global Gender Gap

A new visualization charts the great lengths countries must go to achieve gender equality.

Flickr/wonderlane

Who Are the Tiny People in Architectural Renderings?: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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