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How Sacramento Rolled Out a Mobile Restroom for the Homeless ​​​​​​​

The Pit Stop project hired restroom attendants who can empathize with the population they’re trying to reach.

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The Chicago Toy Store for Kids With Autism

Families are driving from all over the Midwest to the new retailer.

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Atlanta's Plan to Create Its Own Times Square

The city wants to spur foot traffic, business, and density through a new “bright lights district.” Urban lighting scholars point out some pitfalls.

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An LGBT Rally Tests the Limits of Singapore's Free-Speech Park

In response, the government has made organizing protests that much harder.  

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The Tricky Nature of Reusing Urban Timber

Two Connecticut brothers collect the remains of city trees and fashion them into furniture and art.


Africa's First Bike-Share Just Launched in Morocco

Marrakech’s Medina Bike is the latest in a series of projects in the North African country that combat climate change.

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What Dubai's Newest Theme Park Reveals About Its Urbanism

The city’s latest diversion might spur the economy, but it excludes the majority of the population.

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The Danish Food Park That Wants to Nourish the World

An agricultural park outside the city of Aarhus is a proving ground for the future of food innovation and urban farming.

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Confronting the Cambodian Genocide Through Oral History

In Phnom Penh, a new exhibit uses video interviews to expose the country’s youth to events they’d rather not believe.

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In Syria, a Lack of Space to Bury the Dead

The body count from the Syrian conflict is so vast, there aren’t enough cemeteries to accommodate the deceased.

Seoul's Inequality as Violence in 'Oldboy'

The horrifying 2003 South Korean film shocked viewers, but scholars say the violence is actually a critique of global capitalism.

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Do Japan's Futuristic Toilets Help Working Women?

The government crowned the country’s best communal loos to help female employees feel more comfortable in the public sphere.

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Why Electric Vehicles Are Only One Part of Solving Manila's Traffic Woes

The Philippines wants its “jeepney” buses to go from diesel to electric. Critics say business practices must change, too.

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Egypt's Government Wants Out of Its Ancient Capital

After more than 1,000 years in Cairo, Egypt wants to move its capital city into the desert 28 miles away. It might actually happen.

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The Heartbreaking PSAs Targeting Ethiopia's Drunk Drivers

Leaders in the capital city of Addis Ababa have rolled out a campaign aiming to reduce crashes caused by alcohol.

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The Tower That Sucks in Smog and Spits Out Clean Air

A Dutch designer has debuted a pollution-eating tower in Beijing, and hopes to install 800 more in public parks across China.

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The Historic Library That Almost Banned Visitors

After an intricate restoration and battle with the government, Morocco’s al-Qarawiyyin Library will soon welcome the public.

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The Destruction of Yemen's Historic Tower Houses

Air strikes are damaging the country’s urban heritage.