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This Century-Old Map of Hershey Headquarters Is Pretty Sweet

In the town of Hershey, the streets are named for chocolate. Watch your step near the gum factory.

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Improving Cairo for the Many, Not the Few

The Tadamun project seeks to broaden the discussion about Cairo's future.

Larry Reinebach

Sarasota Through the Eyes of One of Its Most Outspoken Architects

The Florida city would be a much different place without Tim Seibert and the Sarasota School of Architecture.

AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Don't Say 'Cyclists,' Say 'People on Bikes'

A group of Seattle-based safer streets advocates say they've been able to foster a much more civil debate by changing up the language they use.

Fra.Biancoshock

An Artist Covers a Street with Giant Cockroaches

These insectoid hulks belong in a zoo.

Hey Paul Studios

Please Let China's New Fare Card Be a Slap Bracelet

Here's hoping the 1990s are back!

İyi Ofis

Why DIY Public Spaces Are Starting to Take Off in Turkey

"We felt a real hunger in Istanbul for projects that are bottom-up."

Gensler

Taking Cyclists Off Roads Is No Way to Improve Transit

London's obsession with flashy "magpie infrastructure" solutions is short-sighted.

Goetz Schrader

These High-End Apartments Wrap Around the Base of Wind Turbines

Plus: supporting green tech. Minus: living in a lightning magnet.

Hathi Trust

'Stinking Shrimps!' and Other 19th-Century Urban Sales Pitches

Hear the "cries" from Victorian-era cities—rendered in booklets that captured the world of street vendors through illustrations and rhyme.

Maggie Gulick

The Careful Transformation of an Abandoned Paris Scrap Yard

Before it becomes part of a new eco-district, artists and residents of suburban Aubervilliers stopped to commemorate the history in their midst.

CaliParks.org

Exploring California's 12,000 Parks With Open Data

A just-launched app uses Instagram and Twitter to show younger users that their friends are already out at state parks, having a blast.

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Michael Paul Smith

Dispatches From a Miniature, Half-Imagined City

Part preservation effort, part dreamscape, Elgin Park is a scale model of a semifictional 20th-century town.

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NASA Builds a Nightmare Room of Solar Fire

A new exhibit throws viewers into the boiling plasma and eerie soundscape of the sun.

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A Glamorous Time-Lapse of Los Angeles, From Sunrise to Sunset

A five minute long tour, from the skyscrapers to the streets.

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AP Photo/Ben Margot

Goodbye, Candlestick Park (Finally)

Demolition has started on a stadium best known for providing consistently unbearable cold and wind.

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The Remarkable Power of Sidewalks

Take a fresh look at the pavement under your feet.

North Drinkware

These Oregon Beer Lovers Have Reinvented the Pint Glass

Finally, a beer glass with a 3D Mount Hood at the bottom!

Nuart/Jordan Seilers

Here Are the Tools to Hack into Your City's Public Advertising

But you probably shouldn't do that, says the artist making them.