Design

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Darker Cities, Brighter Stars

A movement tries to reclaim the night sky from urban light pollution

PPS

The Long Road to Reviving Boston's Public Market

Once home to one of the country's first public markets, the city faces tough choices in bringing one back

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The London Olympics' Most Sustainable Venue

The architects used design software to build an incredibly light velodrome

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Explaining a City in a Single Word or Phrase

In The Spirit of Cities, author Daniel A. Bell tries to capture a city's essence, in brief

Postcard From Durham

Vacant lot beautification, police phone calls and a gallery opening fit for these economic times

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The End of Sprawl

Businesses are moving downtown, the suburban office park is basically extinct - is a more urban future inevitable?

New York City DOT

Curbside Haikus

New York unveils creative signs aimed at pedestrian safety

Andrea Bowers & Olga Koumoundouros

The Most Artistic Cities in America

Some smaller neighborhoods maintain surprisingly vibrant artistic communities

Postcard From Agra

Adopt-a-school, highway protests and a fight to save the Taj Mahal

Andrew R. Palewski

The Trouble With Church Preservation

When a religious group wants to sell off its house of worship but historians want to save it, who should decide? 

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The Opera House Effect

Why performance spaces built in the 18th century predict which cities will thrive 200 years later

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Making Energy Efficient Streetlights a Reality

How cities can overcome some of the disadvantages of LEDs

Postcard From Guatemala City

Scrap metal "mines," a search for airport funding and South America's own Silicon Valley

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Why Preservationists Must Be Picky

If we try to save everything, we risk losing our credibility

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An Atlas of Public Life in Downtown Saskatoon

Canadian city’s downtown gets detailed survey

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Can Modern Architecture Ever Gain Favor in Historic Neighborhoods?

The San Francisco Chronicle's architecture critic weighs in on his city's epic preservation battles

Postcard From Almaty, Kazakhstan

Larger-than-life statues and murders that fuel fears of terrorism

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How Happy Is Seattle?

The "Happiness Initiative" aims to measure well-being in cities across the country

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Postcard From Plymouth, Mass.

Cooking fires, food history and a rocky memorial