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This Japanese Holiday Light Show Is a Wonder to Behold

The LED-dripping Mount Fuji is almost as spectacular as the real mountain.

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A Before-and-After Guide to Safer Streets

Five image pairs — and simple rules — courtesy of New York City.

Apocalypse, New Jersey: 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.

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Yep, There's Now a 'Sexy' Taxi Drivers Calendar

NYC cabbies strut their stuff for 2014.

America Could Get Its Own 600-Acre 'Chinese Disneyland'

Complete with theme parks and a whole new college.

88 Ways to Reimagine This Dull, Boxy Building

A photographer offers a host of new ideas, set to piano music.

'Like the Florida of Russia, but Cheaper'

A fascinating new book offers an inside glimpse of Sochi, which will host the Winter Olympics in February.

No Old Maps Actually Say 'Here Be Dragons'

But an ancient globe does.

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Meet the Sexy Ladies of the '2014 Bike Date Calendar'

But they're not into you – they're all about their cycles.

Real Downtowns Beat Manufactured Ones—Even in Central Florida

A fun Sweet 16-style contest from the Orlando Sentinel.

Designing a Day Spa That Isn't Terrible for the Environment

It's made from shipping containers, uses all off-grid energy, and solar panels warm the water.

Something to Get You Through the Sriracha Apocalypse: Sriracha, the Movie!

An anthem for hot sauce lovers.   

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All the Countries That Contribute to a Single Jar of Nutella

A case study in globalization.

How Leipzig Became 'Hypezig'

The post-industrial city has been crowned Germany's Austin. But it might be more like Germany's Detroit.

An Intimate Portrait of a Baltimore Neighborhood

Photographer Jen DuMars gives viewers a day-to-day look at life in Charles Village.

This $350 Plunger Inspired by Abraham Lincoln Doesn't Actually Exist

Somebody is marketing a joke line of super-fancy, homemade toilet plungers.

The USPS Tries to Get Kids Writing Letters With a SpongeBob SquarePants Mailbox

A holiday-season gimmick.

The Unappealing Urbanism of Sydney's Princes Highway

The 6-lane route has no lack of storefronts or homes, but it's not a place you'd want to spend much time.

How to Design a Happier City

Charles Montgomery's new book finds the intersection of urban policy and well-being.