Design

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The Year in Hot Dog Innovation

Let it never be said that our nation stood still while others carried forth the banner of progress.

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Henning Larsen's Greatest Building Was Also His Greatest Failure

The architect, who died last month, spent the last years of his career carefully disowning the Copenhagen Opera House.

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Yelp

A Heat Map Dining Guide to Hoagies, Hipsters and Bacon

Thanks to Yelp reviews.

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How the Sharing Economy Can Save Summer Vacation

A nation of freelancers can't afford their own summer homes. But a return to co-vacationing means they won't have to.

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What Small Towns Can Teach Us About Diabetes Care

A year-old program in Birmingham, Alabama, is finding success by cultivating a tight-knit community.

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The Visual Signature of Your City

In Instagram photos.

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Here's What It Used to Look Like When the NSA Spied on Foreigners

A once thriving hub of Cold War espionage, built on a Berlin hill made of World War II rubble.

Nathaniel Goodyear

Let There Be Light: Coney Island's Parachute Jump Gets Blinged Out

Will the post-Sandy makeover lure visitors back?

Mark Byrnes

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Has Inspired an Entire Collection of Fan Fiction

Because of course.

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Mark Marek Photography

Where We're Obsessed With Zombies

And what this says about the geography of the web.

The Met's Museum Buttons Will Rest in Nostalgic Peace

The world of art lovers couldn't be any sadder that they'll be gone after this weekend.

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The Saddest, Most Inspiring Story You'll Ever Read About Thumb Wrestling

James "Tigermonkey" Isaacs was having a rough year. Then he started thumb wrestling.

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The Charming, Forgotten Remains of Route 66

Shells of wigwam hotels, drive-in theaters, and hokey gift shops.

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Peep at These Fantastic Vintage City Panoramas

You won't find better old cityscapes than the ones in this Library of Congress collection.

The Atlantic Cities

San Francisco's City Hall Is Now a Technicolor Rainbow

Never has a hub of governance looked so fabulous.

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Suburbia in Sand: Choose Your Own Metaphor

An art installation on San Francisco's China Beach examines the tract home as a symbol for the American Dream.

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Fantasy Versions of New York, Continuously Scrambled

Multimedia artist Brian Foo's latest project explores how urban forms shapes our lives.

Green Spaces That Actually Calm the Mind and Body

After 20 years of creating retreats from the stress of urban living, the TKF Foundation has an intuitive sense of what makes them work.

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London Has an Impossibly Weird House That Defies Physics

OK, who dropped acid into England's water supply?