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Every City Needs Hong Kong's Brilliant Baggage-Check System

In-town baggage service eliminates the hassle of hauling luggage to the airport or around the city.

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'From Under the Rust'

Saving America's Ghost Trains

Can a band of locomotive experts rescue vintage railcars from ruin?

Lego Group

What the Lego Company Can Learn From Its Own Lego House Museum

Museum architect Bjarke Ingels is building better ideas with Legos than the company that designed them.

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Bernhard Jenny (scree) and swisstopo

Making Better Digital Maps in an Era of Standardization

Using pre-digital techniques as inspiration, three cartographers lead the charge against cookie-cutter digital maps.

Flickr/TriMet

Why Portland Is Building a Multi-Modal Bridge That Bans Cars

The first of its kind in the U.S., the Tilikum Crossing will reflect the city's enduring transit culture.

Shavon Meyers

An Artist Brings NYC Back to the '80s on the G Train

"A New York Project" invites participants to step into New York City's past—starting with a pop-up subway party with the original Guardian Angels.

Paul Lukas

Learning How to Read Your City's Streets: 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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Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

The Nation Needs a Permanent Memorial for the Lost Lives of Black Men

Their communities won't forget—and the rest of the country shouldn't, either.

Courtesy Marcy Thompson

Lawn Signs for People Who Hate Lawn Signs

An experiment in the absurd from Maplewood, New Jersey.

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Wen-You Cai, courtesy of Cai Studio

Shanghai's Newest Art Exhibit Includes an Ark Filled With Stuffed Animals

Cai Guo-Qiang's haunting installations reflect on nature—and the horrible things people keep doing to it.

Studio CTC/Designboom

Forget Vertical Farms, This Is a Vertical Rice Paddy/Fish Nursery/Transit Center/Nuclear Plant

No sustainable detail is left out of this proposed Hong Kong skyscraper.

Flickr/National Park Service

Penned in by Freeways, L.A. Mountain Lions Are Becoming Isolated—and Aggressive

Mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains are killing each other and inbreeding at alarming rates.

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KANVA/Marc Cramer

Montreal's Newest Concrete-Slab Building Is Brightened With Film Stills by Thomas Edison

Architects used images filmed by the inventor in 1901 to bring life to an apartment building's flat facade.

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London's Bold Plan to Re-Wild Its Eastern Wetlands

By 2017, the wetlands of East London’s Upper Lea Valley will be preserved on a scale unmatched by any other European city. But 2,000 new homes will get built there, too.

AP Photo/Richard Drew

The Spooky, Bleached-Out American Flags on the Brooklyn Bridge Turn Out to Be Art

A Berlin-based art-action duo has been identified as the source of recently placed flags that incited security concerns and fear among New Yorkers. Here are some of their other stunts. 

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Associated Press

Brooklyn Wins New York's (Literal) Rat Race

MIT visualizes how the city is swarming with rodent-based complaints.

Jan Bommes/Flickr

The Bizarre History and Fiery End of Berlin's Iconic Abandoned Amusement Park

Communism, drug trafficking, arson—Spreepark saw it all. 

Matt Dellinger

What a Train Trip From L.A. to S.F. Can Teach Us About California's High-Speed Rail Future

The state is as likely a place as any to see the future of rail unfold.

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REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

10 Years Later, Here Are the Remains of Athens' Olympic Games

A look at the aging symbols of Greece's pre-crisis spending.