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The Best #Cityreads of 2014

The pieces that stuck with us this year.

New St. Pete Pier

A Scaled Back Dream for an Off-Shore Park

For the second time in two years, St. Petersburg, Florida, is looking to transform its pier into a destination park.

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Charles Platiau/Reuters

It's Been a Big Year for Outrage in Public Art

Remembering the public artworks the fueled the most heated reactions in 2014.

Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO

Game of Thrones Could Really Use a Public Transit System

This rail proposal isn't perfect, but it sure beats taking the Eastern Road and getting sacked by a hedge knight.

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America's Streets Are Safer for Drivers, But Not for Pedestrians

U.S. roads are safer than they've ever been for people who travel in cars. But has that come at the expense of those who travel on foot?

Hernan Cazares

Welcome to the Startup Tijuana

With the violence of the drug war behind it, the border city is experiencing a boom of arts and startup activity, spurred by the group Reactivando Espacios.  

Brian Libby

Can an Art Collector Save a Portland Ruin?

Jordan Schnitzer wants to turn the long-dilapidated Centennial Mills into the city's next revitalized neighborhood—even if it means reaching into his own pocket.

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Mark Byrnes/CityLab

14 Maps That Explain 2014

A cartographic tour through the year that was.

Google

The Biggest Transportation Breakthroughs of 2014

From driverless cars to safety initiatives, it was quite a year for advancements in mobility.

Sudaca/Caro Patlis

A Bare-Bones Electric Motorcycle for Green Urban Riding

This ultralight bike is designed to cut pollution and slice through traffic jams.

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Michael Pederson

A Sydney Artist's Playful Street Signs Interrupt the Mundane

"I would like the viewer to reorient themselves and think about the space they inhabit with others," says Michael Pederson.

A Look Back at the Questionable, Dog-Powered 'Poochmobile'

One of the least-likely rides of the 1930s relied on a German Shepherd trapped in a big hamster wheel.

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Phaidon/Hans Eijkelboom

20 Years of Street Photography Shows Just How Boring We All Are

Dutch photographer Hans Eijkelboom captures the universal anti-style of pedestrians around the world.

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Alexander Gardner/The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Photographing Peace Treaties and Railroads in the American West

Alexander Gardner, one of the Civil War's most important photographers, tracked the changes sweeping the western United States during the late 1860s.

Reuters/Thomas Peter

In Berlin, a Shopping Mall's Flop Leads to Schadenfreude

A group of Berlin nightclub owners are now joking about turning the failing Mall of Berlin into a "techno temple." Here's why.

Bestor Architecture

In Los Angeles, Density That Doesn't Overwhelm

With their new housing project, Blackbirds, an architect and developer strive for a sensitive way to build up a low-slung city.

Soarigami

A Devious Contraption to Stop Airplane Elbow Wars

"Soarigami" walls off airline armrests into separate but equal halves.

Peter Vanderwarker

Building the New Harvard Art Museums Was a Story of Many, Many Constraints

The long list of difficulties Renzo Piano faced with this renovation and expansion point to why many architects prefer greenfield builds to infill.

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Remembering a Giant of New Orleans Architecture

August Perez III's influence on his city is everywhere you look.