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Why Smart Growth Can't Be the Only Answer

Smart growth policies are important, but they're not enough.

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West Virginia's Outlaw Toilet Bandit Explains His Artistic Vision

David Heatwole was sick of looking at an empty pedestal in Martinsburg's town square. So he turned to Craigslist for inspiration.

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The Irreplaceability of Baltimore's Copycat Building

The former factory is the city's most iconic artists' residence, and a new book will explore its untold history.

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The World's Cleanest Flash Mob

Bubble-blowers gather in St. Petersburg.

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How Building Beautiful Spaces Can Foster Environmentalism

A focus on placemaking can drive the green movement.

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Overdue Declaration of the Day: Death to Placemaking Banners!

They are bland, they cost too much and they don't do anything.

A Little Bit of Camp Chic for Your Urban Space

These Brutalist benches will make you feel like you're sitting around a fire.

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North America's Most Distinctive Theater Marquees

A sampling of some of the most vibrant, colorful signs.

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The Tricky Politics of Breaking a Record for Wearing the Most Bees

The world record holder is hotly contested.

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A 'Photographic Census' Captures New York's Characters

Tips on street portraits from New York's resident photographer.

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What Developers Get Wrong About Smart Growth

Cities need higher densities, but they also need green space.

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Extreme Placemaking: Inside the Army's Mock Afghan Villages at Fort Polk

For several years now, the U.S. military has been trying to replicate Afghan and Iraqi towns on U.S. soil to prepare soldiers to go there.

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The Dark Cloud Hanging Over the Feel-Good Inner City Education Story of the Week

You'd think the national champion chess team at Intermediate School 318 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, wouldn't have to worry about their program's continued funding. But you'd be wrong.

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Siberia's Ice Floaters

The winter swim club of Krasnoyarsk gets in one last hurrah before the spring comes.

Should Seattle Really Be Growing Goji Berries and Jujubes?

The city embarks on an ambitious plan for an urban forest, with free food for all.

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Why Tourists Rarely Explore the Rest of Las Vegas

The city's famous marketing success highlights its primary appeal.

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Feeling Tired? Take This Giant Slide to Class

A university in Munich installed two four-story slides in their student center.

A Bacon Bacchanalia, Coming to a City Near You

The annual Baconfest Chicago has taken off, and others may soon follow suit.

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Protest of the Day: Italian Museum Is Burning All Its Art

The Casoria Contemporary Art Museum in Naples has decided to protest the government's austerity measures... with FIRE.