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How Houston Could Become America's Best City: Top #Cityreads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

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French 'Spider-Man' Climbs His Latest Skyscraper

Alain Robert entertained the lunch crowd in La Defense yesterday as he scaled a 607-foot tower with his bare hands.

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Celebrity Love Letters to Their Favorite Parks

A new book invites Bill Clinton, Zadie Smith and more to explain what draws them to their favorite urban green space.

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These Newborn Babies Are Pittsburgh Pirates Fans From Day 1, Literally

The team just got some new lifelong supporters.

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What Makes London's Underground Logo So Special?

Design historian David Lawrence's new book explores its history and how it came to be synonymous with the city it serves.

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40 Percent of Americans Say Their Neighborhoods Are Unwalkable

A vast majority of people want to walk more, but say there are no nearby services, shops, schools, or jobs to get to.

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Massive Submarine Invades Milan in an Outrageous Publicity Stunt

An Italian insurance company went all out on this one.

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Austin's Weird Festival-Based Economy

How does the home of SXSW deal with the challenges of loud music venues and constantly exploding tourist populations? By recognizing these are good problems to have.

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You've Heard of a Party Bus. Now Pittsburgh Has a Party Bridge

Festivities for a rubber duck Friday, and a man jumping off the bridge (safely) with joy last night.

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A Trip Inside Philadelphia's Abandoned Subway Station

Closed for over 20 years, SEPTA's old Spring Garden station has become a "mecca" for local graffiti artists and urban explorers.

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The Front of This House Is Sliding Onto the Street

It’s like an architectural interpretation of Dalí.

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Why You Should Care That the New York City Opera Is Dead

Why couldn't a storied institution, which launched the career of Placido Domingo, flourish in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world?

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These Photo Distortions Breathe New Life Into Dreary Russian Landscapes

A photographer figures out how to infuse Ryazan with a "new emotion."

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Spires! Cupolas! Here's What the Sagrada Familia Will Look Like When It's Finished

An architectural masterpiece 150 years in the making.

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How Melbourne Is Selling Commercial Property Owners on Green Retrofits

The city's 1,200 Buildings program has been cited as a model. 

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Yup, Here Are Some Amazing Shots of Surfing Dogs

Glorious snapshots from the annual competition in Southern California.

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Nighttime Revelers in Paris Get Shushed By a Bunch of Silent Clowns

It doesn't get much more French than this.

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Understanding Nairobi's Shopping Mall Siege: Best #Cityreads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

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Now You Can Rent a Backyard Chicken

It's a starter kit, of sorts, for aspiring urban farmers.