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The Case for Walkability as an Economic Development Tool

A retrofit in suburban Lancaster, California, shows us the many benefits of street redesigns.

The Hunt for Unbuilt Los Angeles

An upcoming exhibit reveals the L.A. that might have been.

Photos
Christopher Moloney/Filmography

Movie Scenes of the Past in Real Life New York

Christopher Moloney photographs screen-grabbed movie stills against the city landscape.

Sean Gardner/Reuters

Football's Most Fanatical Cities

How do pro fans stack up against those who favor the college game on a city-by-city basis?

Brett Carlsen

Flint Local 432 and the Remarkable Power of a Great Music Venue

Flint, Michigan's premiere DIY mecca has closed and reopened more than once. There's a lesson in its history.

ZGF Architects

A Hopeful 'Crossroads' for Portland

Plans for the city's last remaining major parcel, the Zidell Yards, could be shaping up into a dream project.

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1 WTC; The Port Authority and the Durst Organization

2013's Architecture to Watch

The buildings (and controversies) that will define this year.

Videos

The Skateboard As a Swiss Army Knife for Urban Living

Coat hanger, bottle opener, laptop desk? A French artist shows that a skateboard can be all of these, and more.

Maps
Martin Elmer/Maphugger

Wikipedia's Most Common Word in the History of Nations? Definitely 'War'

A map of few words.

A Watercolor Guide to Harlem's Hidden Bakeries

An artist chronicles the neighborhood's best sweet shops.

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Thierry Cohen

What City Skies Would Look Like Without Light Pollution

In this haunting series, Thierry Cohen rids urban areas of their electric lights to reveal luminous celestial vistas.

Twigboy/Wikimedia Commons

The 5 Most Important Sustainability Stories of 2013

A new rise of suburban sprawl, getting serious about climate change and more.

Videos

Snowboarding the City

Sebastien Toutant took advantage of Montreal's record snow, performing some impressive stunts in a downtown park.

Urban Trends We Hope Die in 2013

Enough with the yarn bombing already, and other wishes for the new year.

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Scott Hazard

Artist Tears Up Raleigh

Scott Hazard creates trompe l'oeil that make it looks like he's chewing holes through the fabric of space-time.

Joe Skipper/Reuters

Public Funding for Stadiums Jumps the Shark in Miami

Let's hope outrage over the Marlins deal never fades away.

Haptic Lab

Urban Fabric of the Day: City Quilts

The city is getting soft.

Maps
Brandon Martin-Anderson

Mapping the Census: A Dot for Every Person

A perfect representation of density.

A Bold Concept for Post-Sandy Manhattan

Imagine marshes, floating neighborhoods, and hydroponic farms on city land.