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The Magical Beef-Based Transit System of 'Burgertown'

Where one man's fascination with burgers and New York's MTA intersect.

Should Portland Save a Building It Really, Really Hates?

Almost no one likes the Michael Graves office building. But it's one of America's most important pieces of postmodern architecture.

The Electricity-Generating Bicycle Desk That Would Power the World

It's being used to power laptops, grind grain for beer, and churn butter.

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What You Get When 30 People Draw a World Map From Memory

Brits and Indonesians may not be happy with the results.

How Mass Transit Helps Convey the Future in 'Her'

The film may be set in L.A., but cars take a back seat.

Dispatches From America's Coldest Town

The polar vortex brought the temperature in Embarrass, Minnesota, down to minus 35.

The Cities With the Cheapest Beer in the World

Permanent happy hour.

Taiwan and D.C. Compete for the Most Adorable Baby Panda of the Day

The world's cutest face-off.

A Buffalo Artist Accidentally Tricked Locals Into Thinking They'd Uncovered a Past Relic

He transformed an abandoned department store's display windows into old-timey ads.

The Case for Car-Less Cities: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A round-up of our favorite reads.

Montreal Just Got Some 'Speech Bubble' Street Lights

It's like a real-life comic book.

A Praiseworthy Map of America's Heavenly Place Names

Urban areas show a noticeable trend toward god-revering place names.

The Quaint Plans for American Cities, as We Envisioned Them 200 Years Ago

New York in 1776, Charleston in 1780, Baltimore in 1801.

The End of New York's Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides Is Also the End of a Film and TV Era

Bill de Blasio's plan to ban the Central Park carriages will force Hollywood to come up with some other way to convey romance in New York.

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The Quest to Create the Perfect Map

12 cartographic experiments that changed cartography.

The Secret Second Lives of Pizza Huts

Mike Neilson hunts former iterations of the iconic restaurant.

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How Far You Could Get From New York in One Day, From 1800 to Today

Once, a traveler could expect to spend a whole day and night traveling what a suburban commuter now does in an hour.

The Best #Cityreads of the Year

The pieces that stuck with us in 2013.

In Finland, the Indoor Shopping Mall Still Reigns Supreme

They're not merely a suburban phenomenon, but also dominate the retail landscape inside the nation's cities.