Mark Byrnes

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Top U.S. Cities for Dog Parks, Skate Parks, Swimming Pools and More

New data from the Trust for Public Land shows which cities have the most parks per resident

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Phoenix, Then and Now (1885 to 2011)

126 years later, Phoenix bares little resemblance to the sleepy agricultural town of the 1880s

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Why I Love My City: Carrie Brownstein on Portland

Musician, writer, and co-creator of Portlandia Carrie Brownstein talks about what makes her city special

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9 Beautiful New Airport Terminals

If great design cured air travel woes, these airports would be set

Houston, Then and Now (1891 to 2011)

A cartographic look at Texas' largest city

Atlanta, Then and Now (1871 to 2011)

A cartographic comparison of Atlanta, from post-confederate reconstruction to postmodern boom-town

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9 Beautiful Pedestrian Bridges Not Designed by Santiago Calatrava

Part art, part crosswalk, these wild walkways would look at home in a museum

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A New Life for Pruitt-Igoe

A design competition is underway to re-imagine America's most infamous public housing complex

A Visual History of Civic Seattle

Telling the story of a city through its digitized ephemera

Waterfront Toronto

The Best New International Parks

Varying in form and scale, these green spaces from around the world stand out from the rest

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Cleveland's New Deal-Era Public Housing Posters

The Midwest city's approach was much friendlier than New York's

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2011's Most Fascinating Municipal Races

A map of the country's most intriguing mayoral races, city council competitions and referendums

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America's Best New Parks

By mixing fresh design with a variety of uses, these spaces represent the future of city parks

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How New York City Sold Public Housing in the 1930s

Original New York City Housing Authority posters pitch the projects as the 'solution to infant mortality'

Reuters

Population 7 Billion in 5 Charts

The world's population will reach seven billion on October, 31 2011, according to projections by the United Nations

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The Best and Worst of the World's Central Plazas and Squares

A pair of slideshows illuminating what makes a public gathering space work and what doesn't

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North America's Most Welcoming Welcome Signs

Whether it's a fun slogan or an unusual design, these signs help their towns stand out

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Civic Symbolism: A Survey of City Hall Architecture

Which city hall buildings manage to capture something specific about a city's culture?

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The Best and Worst of Official City Flags

They're less visible, but most cities have flags just like countries or states. Some are great. Others, not so much.