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The Global Geography of Beer Monopolies

That foreign beer you're drinking may not be that exotic.

Melanie Ko/Flickr

Relationship Killer of the Day: Neutralizing Germany's 'Love' Padlocks

A group of urban hackers spent a day in Bamberg destroying people's public expressions of everlasting love.

Reuters

The Temple Where Indians Go to Get Exorcised

This is where you bring your possessed relatives.

Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Lunar New Year Around the World

Welcoming the Year of the Snake.

Photos

The Rise and Fall of One of America's Most Innovative Hotel Chains

Statler grew up with America's cities.

Christine Kim/Secret Agent PR

L.A.'s Parklets Have Gotten Quite Fancy

Cardio bikes, swing seats and foosball.

Videos

A Look at the 'Rhythmical Potty,' a Portable Toilet That Actually Rocks

Can the Porta-Potty experience be improved with bass-thumping soundtracks?

Reuters

Can Chicago Become America's Next Great City for Artists?

It can't compete with New York's amenities and galleries. But it's trying to offer something else altogether - a true middle class art market.

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Keith Bedford/Reuters

Holiday Appropriate Public Art of the Day: Giant Heart in Times Square

An installation that "wraps around the visitors," created from Superstorm Sandy-ravaged boardwalks.

Mohsin Raza/Reuters

Love Celebrations Across the Globe

Balloons, teddy bears, and kissing contests.

Videos

Extreme Skier Takes on Alaska's Abandoned Military Deathtrap

The old Buckner Building in Whittier is full of asbestos, jagged rubbish and collapsed walls – in other words, a perfect place to do a little skiing.

NYC Environmental Protection

We've Found the Perfect Valentine’s Day Date for Infrastructure Nerds

What could be more romantic than a trip to the innards of New York’s digestive system?

Videos
Reuters

Can Paris Cool Live Beyond the City Lines?

The view from the city's electronic music scene.

Reuters

Why India Keeps Its Cities So Short

Despite an urban development explosion, the country hasn't developed a taste for skyscrapers and tall building.

Sara Johnson

Are Food Trucks Worse for the Environment Than Storefronts?

It's not easy to compare them, but we're giving it a shot.

Flickr/Impicard

Cultural Export of the Day: Stockholm Drinks the Brooklynade

Tres Brooklyn is so 2012.

Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

In Berlin, Searching for Food in the Dumpster Is the Next Big Thing

A new German website alerts members about the location and content of leftover sustenance.

Reuters

Why Modernism Gets Blamed for Making Snowstorms Worse

It’s easy to take potshots when architects push the envelope. But the flat roof is problematic as a more basic matter of function.

Photos
Christian Åslund

Wild Photos Recreate the City as Vintage Video Game

Introducing the Chinese metropolis of Honkey Kong.