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One World Trade Center Is Officially America's New Tallest Building

At an "official" height of 1,776 feet, the new skyscraper supplants Chicago's Willis Tower. 

Tom Ryaboi

Mind-Bending Photographs of Daredevils Against City Skylines

These may trigger a latent fear of heights.

China's Unmarrieds Spent Over $5 Billion Today to Feel Less Lonely

'Double 11,' was started in the 1990s as a way to embrace bachelorhood. Now it's the world's biggest online shopping event.

REUTERS

Downtown Louisville Is Getting a Trippy Hunter S. Thompson Memorial

Ralph Steadman, Thompson's famous co-pilot, will help create a banner for the city.

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Andrew Brooks Photography

A Quest to Expose the Forgotten Spaces of Europe

Like a church tower used for hiding from the Nazis, and a paved-over river full of colossal spiderwebs.

Shotwell Paper Mill

The Fatigues Off Her Back

A beautiful new book about women in the military is printed on paper made from their uniforms.

Reuters

Inside the World's Most Outrageous Mall: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A round-up of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

Reuters

One World Trade Center's Skyscraper Supremacy Hinges on One Thing

What do you call that thing on top?

Mark Byrnes

A Windfall of Art as Buffalo's Tallest Building Goes Dark

HSBC Bank moved out of the city's biggest skyscraper and its leaving its impressive modernist art collection behind.

The Sad Fate (But Historic Legacy) of the Houston Astrodome

Though now likely doomed for demolition, when the Astrodome first opened in 1965, it was a profoundly American invention.

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Manuel Alvarez Diestro

A Stunning Tribute to Hong Kong's Super-Packed Cemeteries

Photographer Manuel Alvarez Diestro gives these monolithic boneyards a grim celebration.

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This Brutalist Apartment Building Encapsulates the Story of Apartheid

Ponte Tower began as a haven for Johannesburg's white elites. but fell into disrepair when they began to flee the city.

Reuters

The Sochi Olympic Torch Was Just Launched Into Space

It's the longest torch relay in history.

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Reuters

Beijing Prepares to Wow the World With Its 'Big Penis' Building

The headquarters of the Communist Party's official newspaper is getting a golden coating in preparation for its debut.

EA Games

SimCity's Turn Toward a Dark, Dystopic Vision of Our Urban Future

It's impossible to miss the socioeconomic and political commentary embedded within Cities of Tomorrow.

Aaron Cassara

The Best City for the Next Generation of Artists Just Might Be Jackson

"When someone moves here, everyone reaches out."

Associated Press

A Look Back at Cleveland's Most Traumatizing Sports Memory

Before the LeBron debacle, there was Art Modell's press conference on November 6, 1995.

Aaron Cassara

The Passion of Young Cleveland

"I absolutely love Cleveland … and I want to make sure I’m doing my part to make it better."

Mina Mais/Kickstarter

A Quintessentially Canadian Idea for Winter Smartphone Use

Stay warm without giving up your phone.