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The Brutal Fight to Save Cairo's Arts Scene

How the firing of the director of the Cairo Opera prompted hundreds to take to the streets in protest.

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Reuters

808 Cities, 2,503 Shows, and 1,007,416 Miles: The Staggering Geography of Bob Dylan's 'Never Ending Tour'

An interactive guide to all the cities and set lists over the past 25 years.

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Rex Sorgatz/Wikipedia

Ridiculous Record of the Day: Seattle's 2,131-Book Domino Rally

Anything to get the kids in the library, right?

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CSAs Aren't Just for Veggies Anymore

A handful of community-supported fisheries are popping up across the country.

Helen Luo

Capturing the Stark Beauty of Rochester and Its Suburbs

"The overall atmosphere can change within walking distance."

Thomas Savage

Would You Sleep in a Hostel That's Also a Birdhouse?

Thomas Savage would like to dot the English coast with beach inns filled with migrating birds.

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Money-Making Scheme of the Day: Trick Tourists Into Giving Money to Statues

Step 1: Make them think that statues are actually remarkably disciplined performance artists. Step 2: Profit.

'Get Lost, You Little Bastard': Brussels and Paris Locked in a Hilarious Insult Throwdown

Is the capital of the EU really just Europe’s capital of ugly? French writers say yes; Brussels fires back.

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Ryann Ford

A Disappearing American Original: The Roadside Rest Area

Photographer Ryann Ford has been traveling around the country documenting roadside rest areas before they're gone for good.

Trust for Public Land

What We Can Learn About a City by Mapping Its Parks

New data from the Trust for Public Land illuminates which neighborhoods offer excellent green space access ... and which really don't.

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A Short History of the World's First Retractable Stadium Roof

In 1989, Toronto unveiled the SkyDome to much pomp and circumstance.

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Library of Congress

'Staaten Eylandt' and Other Awesome Spellings on Original Maps of New Netherland

A look at early renderings of the U.S. East Coast, courtesy of the Dutch.

Kobi/Arik/Q-Fog Team

Just in Time for Summer, a Bicycle That Sprays You in the Face With Water

The Q-Fog handlebar system splurts cooling jets of water onto overheated cyclists.

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Rice+Lipka Architects

Designing Libraries That Encourage Teens to Loiter

An open, airy floor at the New York Public Library offers kids spots to play Wii and Guitar Hero, along with books and homework help.

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Matthew Picton

These Funky 3D Paper Maps Bring a City's History to Life

Artist Matthew Picton evokes specific historical events or time periods with the art, text, even paper he chooses to use.

A Vibrant Peek Inside 1939 New York

A pina colada was 5 cents and everyone wore hats.

Mark Byrnes

Detroit's Famously Decaying Old Train Station Has 5 New Windows and No One Knows Why

You have to start somewhere, we guess?

Kaid Benfield

A Second Life for Some of Baltimore's Vacant Properties

The city has about 16,000 empty buildings, and it's developed a unique program to rehab a small number of them.

Anthony Flint

China's Eco-Cities: Substantive and Skimpy at the Same Time

For now at least, the country's most sustainable form of urbanism is relegated to pilot projects.