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A Gloomy English City Builds an Artificial Sun

It's a faithful, NASA-guided model of our solar system's burning star (just 100 million times smaller).

Did That Fire Hydrant Just Check Me Out?

These trippy urban GIFs give new meaning to the phrase "living, breathing city."

Reuters

Is D.C.'s Height Limit Keeping Virginia Blue? 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.

Luxigon

An Unusual Proposal to Block Architectural 'Death Rays' in Dallas

It's 400 feet tall, and sunlight-responsive.

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Chris Devers/Flickr

What Boston Can Teach Us About Linked City Parks

The city's "emerald necklace" is a 1,100-acre chain of green spaces connecting the Boston Common to five additional parks and an arboretum.

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An Eerily Beautiful Phone Booth Filled to the Brim With Goldfish

Good luck trying to place a call in this booth-cum-aquarium.

Robbie De Villiers

A City Gets Its Own Font

Chattanooga designers have created a typeface meant to give the town more of a cohesive visual identity.

Flickr/charley1965

In Sweden, Even Buildings Made Entirely of Ice Are Required to Have Fire Alarms

Just in case.

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We Need to Design Parking Garages With a Car-less Future in Mind

Building adaptable structures will save time, money, and material waste.

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Nick Fisher / Flickr

Take a Beautiful Tour of All the Public Art in the Bay Area

After learning the official records were incomplete, a citizen mapper started building a gorgeous guide to the megacity's street art.

Thomas Duesing/Flickr

How Glasgow Saved Its Coneheaded Duke of Wellington Statue

After a massive public outcry, the city has canceled plans to ruin one of its best-loved monuments.

donnyLi李慕白/Youtube

This Rap Video Explains Why Cleveland Is Awesome ... in Chinese

Key attractions? A "perfect" environment and the 2014 Gay Games. 

Pelle Sten/Flickr

The End Is Near for New York City's World-Famous 'Graffiti Mecca'

A recent court ruling paved the way for demolition of the popular destination.

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A Cheap Conversion Kit to Turn Your Car Into a Ferrari

There's just one catch....

Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

Some People Don't Want to Say Goodbye to the Washington Monument Scaffolding

There's a White House petition to keep it up.

Reuters

A Refreshing Antidote to Brazil's Olympic Spending Spree

The Games of the Indigenous People have all of the athletic spirit of an international sporting event, but none of the red tape or out-of-control spending.

Mark Lennihan/AP

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.