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$350 Million Might Not Be Enough to Save Las Vegas

Spending millions to revitalize a struggling portion of the city might seem like a good bet, but the current effort led by a billionaire CEO is facing major challenges.

The Record-Setting Skyscrapers You've Never Heard Of: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

The Best of City Makers

Looking back on our series about the people and ideas changing cities around the world.

An Artist's Dark But Loving Graphic Ode to Suburbia

Artist Ben Tolman creates incredibly intricate drawings that dig for the heart beneath the hard edges of the built environment.  

Teaching Driverless Cars to Fit Your Human Driving Style

After all, not everyone takes an off-ramp the same way.

Artist Inundates the Netherlands with a 'Virtual Flood'

Eerie, floating lights show how high water would crest if the dikes failed.

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A Mumbai Slum's Cultural Moment

With its second annual Biennale, Dharavi finds itself being taken seriously as an arts destination.

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One Photographer's Mission to Document How Every State Lives

Carol M. Highsmith is out to create a comprehensive visual record of the U.S.—and she's donating it all.

Maps

Watch a Decade of Data Come to Life on OpenStreetMap

The open-source, citizen-driven mapmaking tool has democratized the insular world of cartography.

DIY Wayfinding Signs Are About to Go Mainstream

The Knight Foundation has announced it will fund a large-scale expansion of Matt Tomasulo's 2012 "WalkRaleigh" project.

The Cracks in Chicago's Grand Plans for the Bus

Forget opponents—even supporters are debating whether the city has gone far enough in its BRT ambitions.

When the British Tried to Build Their Own Eiffel Tower

In the late 19th century, London nearly got a 1,200-foot steel monument to transcontinental jealousy.

A Dreamy New Database for L.A. Architecture Nerds

15 years in the making, the most complete resource on L.A.'s historic built environment has just launched.

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like London Has a Fancy Bridge Fetish

With the Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge Competition, the U.K. capital appears well positioned for folly.

Can These Colorful Garbage Trucks Make Trash Collection ... Cool?

Valparaiso, Chile's third-largest city, is tackling its garbage problem with a new fleet of brightly painted trucks.

The Bright Future of Dar es Salaam, an Unlikely African Megacity

Once isolated and overlooked, Dar es Salaam is on track to become Africa's fastest-growing urban center.

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Slightly Creepy Photos of New York Moviegoers from the 1940s

A new exhibit recalls when the photographer Weegee turned his lens on the audience.

'Nobody My Age Can Afford to Stay Here Forever'

London billboards are sharing the stories of people moving both to and from the rapidly changing city. Some of them are quite painful to read.

The Case for Prettier Staircases

Why health advocates are urging planners and architects to think more seriously about stairs.