Design

Why So Many of London's Historic Theaters Are in Bad Physical Shape

The ceiling collapse at the Apollo is a sad reminder of the sorry state of West End infrastructure.

Next Economy

The Case for Trash Cans as Art

When there's no other arts funding in sight, there's always the municipal waste budget.

Minneapolis Real Estate Agents Are Highly Amused by the Defacing of their Ads

In a weird Multiplicity-esque project, an artist is changing realtors' bus-stop advertisements to feature his own face.

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How 50 Airbnb Listings Became Adorable Birdhouses

The company commissioned a team of artists to make miniature versions of the homes they rent.

China's Newest Status Symbol: Bodyguards

Louis Vuitton? Lamborghini? So passé. China's wealthiest now use armed security to flaunt their social status.

How Christmas Changes for Americans as They Grow Up

Over 90 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas, but the "How?" and "Why?" of those celebrations aren't quite as clear-cut.

The Littlest Ice Skating Rink in Tokyo Is Very Small Indeed

Attended by skating instructors, the wee rink measures less than 10 feet across.

Watch Someone Drive a Life-Sized LEGO Car

The engine runs on air! 

Start Getting Used to the Idea of Eating Really Different Kinds of Bananas

The fungus that rots the most common banana found in U.S. supermarkets is spreading closer to major plantations.

Someone Stole An Entire Bronze Statue in Tucson

JFK's head was ripped off its granite base, "bolts and all."

This High-Tech Bike Is Actually a Mobile Pollution-Fighting Factory

When you pedal it, the Bangkok Air-Purifier Bike supposedly removes nasty stuff from the atmosphere.

Someone Cycled a London Boris Bike Up the Tour de France's Toughest Peak

And brought it back to London before his one-day rental ran out.

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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.

CityFixer

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.