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Glendale Residents Reluctantly Let Go of Their Astroturf

The California town has banned plastic lawns over environmental concerns

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Oddity of the Day: Nativity Scene Starring Hugo Chavez

A collection of some strange Christmas scenes from cities around the world

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11 New Buildings to Visit in 2012

You might have missed these new buildings, but they're definitely worth checking out in 2012

Postcard From Rochester

The best online ode to a city you'll see and other news

Merge Invisible

An Artistic X-Ray for Buildings in Budapest

A group of artists commemorate demolished old buildings with scenes from the past

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List of the Day: America's Most Generous Cities

The places with the highest percent of givers

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How High for Helsinki’s Skyline?

With high-rise buildings proposed, the Finnish capital considers changes to its historically low skyline

Buffalo, Then and Now (1902-2011)

A look at how modern Buffalo compares with the city in its heyday

Postcard From Barcelona

Children decorate a "pooping log" that they'll beat with sticks come Christmas, and other news

Courtesy First Street Green

How to Fill an Empty Urban Space

A community group in New York collects ideas for a space that once housed the BMW Guggenheim Lab

Appalachian Regional Commission

A Voice for Urban Appalachia

The stereotypically rural region has a new online publication embracing its urban side

Courtesy Olson Kundig

A Record Store Where Nothing Is For Sale

A new installation in Seattle encourages users to rethink how they consume music

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State-Sanctioned Grafitti

In Luxembourg, an artist and architect team up on a new home

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Postcard From Tel Aviv

An artist with a penchant for depicting catastrophic collisions and other news

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Landscape Absurdism: Las Vegas

The Nevada city's craziest urban designs, as seen from space

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Postcard From Accra

The mysterious case of cocaine-turned-sodium bicarbonate and other news

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How We're Failing Our Parks

America has more city parks, but less money to pay for them

An Emoticon That Measures a City's Happiness

Interactive art installation calibrates the mood of Lindau, Germany

Matthew Picton

Sculpting the History of a City

Artist’s paper sculptures recall the politics and events that shape cities