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A Sharp New Look for New York City Beach Signs

Redesigned signage is serving a critical role in post-Sandy coastal wayfinding.

Yes, This Public Sculpture Is Really Made From Condoms

Hundreds of glowing, pendulous prophylactics liven up a drab square in Madrid.

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The Giant Rubber Ducky Is Migrating to Pittsburgh

The huge, globe-trotting waterfowl will make its American debut in September.

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What the Heck Is 'Bandalooping'?

A primer on that aerial dance from Monday's The Bachelorette.

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Gentrification of the Strip Mall

These declining suburban outposts are hotbeds for immigrant entrepreneurs. How should we protect those businesses as strip malls evolve?

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Green Architecture Confronts Elitism in Abu Dhabi

Might there be hope of more affordable "eco homes" in the future?

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Amanda Durbin

The Melancholy Beauty of San Francisco's Street Mattresses

"There could be rotting flesh and feces on a mattress," says photographer Amanda Durbin, "and I'd still snap a photo before I called the authorities."

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Cincinnati's Gorgeous Attempt to Woo Visitors, Circa 1933

The city installed gigantic murals in the train station to highlight its industrial prowess.

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A Fascinating Peek Inside China's Booming Counterfeit Wine Market

Europe exported nearly $1 billion worth of wine to China last year. Counterfeiters are increasingly cashing in.

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Chat Travieso

The Tiny, Tri-Lingual Library Hidden on New York's Lower East Side

A bite-sized bookshelf greets readers in English, Spanish and Chinese.

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Could Detroit Become America's Design Capital?

The century-old College for Creative Studies is helping to make that vision a reality.

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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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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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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.