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Why Memorializing America's History of Racism Matters

A project to place historical markers at sites where African Americans were lynched is “slow-going,” but necessary.


'Jengaform' Architecture Is Everywhere

Cities are becoming chock-a-block with blocky-looking buildings.

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The National Building Museum Built a Giant Ball-Pit 'Beach'

The D.C. museum has got the big, fun, dumb, summer thing down.


Why It's Safer to Walk and Bike Where More People Walk and Bike

Drivers pay more attention.

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A Surreal Burning Man Temple Comes to San Francisco

People are encouraged to scribble notes to loved ones on the intricate, 37-foot-high wood structure.


A Brief History of Boston's Public Parks

From Frederick Law Olmsted to the Big Dig.

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When a Mural Is in Jeopardy: 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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NYC Wants to Convert a Former Youth Jail into Housing

The city is looking for backers to convert a former roach-infested youth jail into a mixed-use affordable housing complex.

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Ka-Pow! Developers Are Using Comic Books to Sell Condos

A one-act play about a comic book about a condominium development.


There's a T. Rex-Shaped Bike for Sale on Portland's Craigslist

Act like a mad paleontologist who reanimated a dinosaur for only $2,000.

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No More 'Poor Doors' in NYC

A new provision will prohibit separate entrances in apartment buildings with units for low-income and market-rate tenants.


An Artist Trolls London Into Painting a Wall Over and Over

A year-long experiment with the anti-graffiti squad.

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How Seattle Is Reclaiming Its Waterfront From an Elevated Urban Highway

The Alaskan Way Viaduct is coming down, and a vast new park system is coming up.

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The Dangerous Consequences of the Supreme Court's Ruling on Mercury Pollution

The court rejected the EPA’s new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, deeming it too expensive to implement. That’s bad for cities.

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An Overpass Built For a Bear

Oslo’s new “bee highway” is just one part of an emerging trend in highway infrastructure.


Bulldoze Moscow With This Classic Arcade-Game App

Remember Arkanoid? It’s back—to illustrate a real-life architecture crisis.

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Who Owns the Digital Map of the World?

As OpenStreetMap grows, companies like Mapbox are a threat to the long reign of Google Maps. And that’s a good thing.

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When Maps Lie

Tips from a geographer on how to avoid being fooled.

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A Deadly Expressway in the Middle of an Olmsted Park

After the death of a child on the Scajaquada, or New York Route 198, Buffalo locals are demanding changes.