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A Brief History of Boston's Public Parks

From Frederick Law Olmsted to the Big Dig.

When a Mural Is in Jeopardy: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

NYC Wants to Convert a Former Youth Jail into Housing

The city is looking for backers to convert a former roach-infested youth jail into a mixed-use affordable housing complex.

Ka-Pow! Developers Are Using Comic Books to Sell Condos

A one-act play about a comic book about a condominium development.

There's a T. Rex-Shaped Bike for Sale on Portland's Craigslist

Act like a mad paleontologist who reanimated a dinosaur for only $2,000.

No More 'Poor Doors' in NYC

A new provision will prohibit separate entrances in apartment buildings with units for low-income and market-rate tenants.

An Artist Trolls London Into Painting a Wall Over and Over

A year-long experiment with the anti-graffiti squad.

CityFixer

How Seattle Is Reclaiming Its Waterfront From an Elevated Urban Highway

The Alaskan Way Viaduct is coming down, and a vast new park system is coming up.

The Dangerous Consequences of the Supreme Court's Ruling on Mercury Pollution

The court rejected the EPA’s new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, deeming it too expensive to implement. That’s bad for cities.

Photos

An Overpass Built For a Bear

Oslo’s new “bee highway” is just one part of an emerging trend in highway infrastructure.

Bulldoze Moscow With This Classic Arcade-Game App

Remember Arkanoid? It’s back—to illustrate a real-life architecture crisis.

Who Owns the Digital Map of the World?

As OpenStreetMap grows, companies like Mapbox are a threat to the long reign of Google Maps. And that’s a good thing.

Maps

When Maps Lie

Tips from a geographer on how to avoid being fooled.

A Deadly Expressway in the Middle of an Olmsted Park

After the death of a child on the Scajaquada, or New York Route 198, Buffalo locals are demanding changes.

Don't Hold Out Much Hope for This 'Real, Rideable' Hoverboard

The Lexus prototype isn’t yet practical for the skate park.

Confederate Flags Are Falling, But What Will That Change?

Southern cities are lowering the flags and considering bringing down Confederate memorials, too. But the character of a city is harder to transform.

Pink Flamingos and the Landscape of American Taste

What the iconic lawn ornament says about class and aesthetics.

How Can We Understand the Charleston Shootings? With This Syllabus

A group of professors have created the #Charlestonsyllabus to illustrate the histories of faith, race, and violence that collided in a mass murder.

Downtown Cleveland Is Turning a Traffic Hub Into a Public Park

Cleveland is the latest city to call on James Corner, the landscape architect behind New York’s High Line, to revive an urban park.