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Climb This Mountain of Books

Can this flashy library outside Rotterdam combat the town's 10 percent illiteracy rate?

One Incredibly Easy Way to Let People Know Your Neighborhood Is Getting Better

Simple as they seem, colorful signs suggest residents of this Boston neighborhood imagine a hopeful future.

Chestnuts Singing in a Public Park

A public art installation turns falling nuts into light and sound. For tree preservation, of course.

Brilliant Luxury Item of the Day: The Hot Tub Tug Boat

When sitting in a boat full of water is actually a good thing.

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Finland's Demographics, Translated Into High Cuisine

Immigration-rate lasagna, suicide soup and a "criminally stacked Russian salad": a look at the bizarre menu of Helsinki's Open Data Cooking Workshop.

In Mexico, a Community on the Outside

Over 80,000 Mennonites live in Mexico. They have their own educational system and do not participate in the government.

In Cleveland, a Flashy New Museum But an Even Better Neighborhood

A new art museum debuts in Cleveland's University Circle, a part of town that has avoided much of the city's economic struggles.

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Is This Wall Talking To Me?

Russian artist Daria Makarenko slips hidden messages into the cracks of the city.

Are Cell Phones to Blame for Our Boring Public Spaces?

Maybe. Or perhaps it's the other way around.

Bikeshare Stations Don't Have to Be Clunky

A Swiss design firm imagines elegant docking systems that blend into the urban mold.

Worst. Olympic. Slogan. Ever.

Sochi, Russia is "Hot. Wintry. Yours."

The Tragedy of Modern Retirement Communities

When America's first "active" retirement communities opened, average life expectancy was 69.7. Now it's 78.7

Map of the Day: New York's Geography of Complaining

Garbage is an issue.

Can We Recreate the Theater of the Street On Screen?

A marketing campaign's cameras turn a select number of public spaces into stages.

Videos

Paying People To Plant Trees

A Chicago group is fighting storm water pollution and heat islands by offering rebates to people who buy trees or rain barrels.

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In Amsterdam, a Tale of Love and Killer Robots

Nerds crowdsource a sci-fi adventure that imagines the city as a post-apocalyptic wonderland.

Absurd Traffic Obstacle of the Day: The Minneapolis Bike Matador

Ole!

The Bed Tent: A Solution for Nosy Roommates?

Many city dwellers might not realize they need a bed tent. They're probably correct.

Why Reviewing Brooklyn's New Arena Before It Opened Was Premature

Barclays Center can't be assessed as a standalone building; its impact on the surrounding neighborhood must be taken into account.