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Globaia.org

Mapping the Age of Humans

How one organization is visualizing our impact on earth

Flickr/EdenPictures

2011's Best Cities for Trick-or-Treating

Who comes out on top in our updated ranking for candy seekers?

Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation

Making Pittsburgh New by Keeping it Old

A critic of development joins the other side

Flickr/Rutlo

How Mexico City Got Bikers to Stop Worrying and Ride

The Mexican capital has some of the worst traffic in the world, yet cycling is catching on

Andrea Comas / Reuters

How Many Trees is Enough?

When it comes to reducing pollution, the key isn't the number of trees you plant but where you plant them

The Lost Neon Signs of Las Vegas

A professional film colorist revives his grandfather's 16mm footage from a trip to Las Vegas in 1962

Reuters

The Geography of Weed

Why the cost of smoking up depends on where you live

The Food Truck Industrial Complex

Not just the purview of minimalist restaurateurs, food trucks have spawned growth in a number of surprising sectors

Photos
Flickr user: "Arthur Chapman" under a Creative Commons License

North America's Most Welcoming Welcome Signs

Whether it's a fun slogan or an unusual design, these signs help their towns stand out

Flickr/dmealiffe

Buffalo's Decrepit Train Station Becomes the City's Newest Classroom

The city is turning the station's front yard into a center for ecology and sustainable development

Affordable Housing That Doesn't Scream 'Affordable'

Free from stigma and institutional homogeneity, these good looking buildings are in a class by themselves

Tojo

Small Stuff for Small City Apartments

While most household products keep getting bigger, these designers are keeping city dwellers in mind

Reuters

Paris Syndrome: Could Any Other City Produce This Bizarre Affliction?

An actual illness can apparently result upon realizing Paris isn't all its cracked up to be

Issei Kato / Reuters

Blank-Slate City Rebuilding in Japan

Proposed bill would allow purchase of large areas for city redevelopment

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Flickr user: "raindog" under a Creative Commons License

Civic Symbolism: A Survey of City Hall Architecture

Which city hall buildings manage to capture something specific about a city's culture?

Courtesy Urban-Think Tank

To Add Public Spaces to Brazil's Favelas, First You Have to Find Space

Recent flooding opened up new possibilities in the Paraisopolis section of Sao Paolo

REUTERS/Brian Snyder

The Great Urban-Rural Happiness Debate

Some numbers say small-town folk are happier than city folk, but the true story is much more complicated

Yerwada Slum Upgrading Project, Pune, India, courtesy SDI

Design With, Instead of for, the Other 90%

A new exhibit reveals how architects and designers are embracing community participation in developing world projects

Courtesy Queens Museum of New York

The Model City

The use of scale models in city planning has gone out of fashion, but interest in them as historical records remains high