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Eric Grant

The Tech Helping Immigrants Hack the Ban

Across the country, designers and coders are coming together to develop tools for communities targeted by Trump’s orders.

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How the World's First Cities Got Started

A 12,000-year-old “Stonehenge on steroids” transformed nomadic humans into members of complex societies.

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On Transit Policy, City Leaders Have More Power Than They Think

State and federal policies often get in the way of transportation planning, but they don’t have to. A new field guide shows how cities can take charge.

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Unlocking the Hidden Power of a Highway

An ambitious effort in Georgia aims to turn a rural road into living lab for cutting-edge technologies.

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To Fight Snow Storms, Bring Out the Big Data

Cities like Boston aren’t just rolling out the heavy-duty plow trucks. Analytic tools are helping them to make snow removal a smarter and more efficient process.

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A Theory on Why Dhaka Has the Best Spot on Earth for a City

Geographically speaking, the Bangladeshi city has all the right criteria to be the "central point of human civilization."

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To Entice Riders, Singapore Buses Get a 'Signature Scent'

Will more people ride public transit if it smells nice?

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Using Astronomy To Fight Urban Blight

In a partnership with Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore is borrowing a trick from stargazers to predict housing abandonment.

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Singapore Commuters Can Soon Use Credit Cards to Board Public Transit

Straphangers won’t have to put money on a separate fare card to ride buses and trains.

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A Playbook for How Cities Should Share and Protect Data

A detailed guide from Harvard helps governments protect residents’ personal information in open-data initiatives.

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DIY Your Own City Symphony With This Database of Urban Noise

The London artist Stanza has been crowdsourcing sounds from various cities since the ‘90s and wants people to use them for personal projects.

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Turning Street Noise Into a City Symphony

An MIT composer is collecting snippets of sound to turn Miami and Philadelphia into audio masterpieces.

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The Cities That Have Risen From Ruins

Whether they’ve been leveled by wars or earthquakes, cities don’t tend to stay wastelands forever.

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I Was a White Guy for Rent in a Chinese Ghost City

A filmmaker shares his experience in the once-lucrative business of hiring foreigners to lure homebuyers in China’s building boom.

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Hiroshima's Quest to Symbolize Peace, Not Destruction

Tourists flock there to see “the most destructive force ever created by humankind.” But the Japanese city wants people to look beyond the bomb.

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Mapping Cape Town's Informal Minibus Taxi Network

How a startup mapped 657 routes, nearly 1,500m and 5,500 miles in three weeks.

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Attention, State Government Watchdogs: You Might Need This

A new search engine called Digital Democracy can comb through videos, transcripts, and records of what goes on in America’s statehouses.

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The City Obsessed With Dogs Made an App Just for Them

It was only a matter of time before a canine-friendly app sprung up Tel Aviv.