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The Empire State Building Becomes a Dancing, Twinkling Light Show

A sleek new system adds motion to the traditional "Tower Lights."

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Bus-Stop Ads Torn Straight From Dante's Inferno

In Berlin, a shadowy street artist known as Vermibus transforms mundane billboards into creepy macabre frightscapes

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Portland's New Velodrome a Big Win for Cyclists, Hematomas

A night of competitive cycling on "brakeless" single-speed cycles offers a veritable highlight reel of face planting and smashing into walls.

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Prank of the Day: Black Friday at the Dollar Store

Improv Everywhere doin' that thing they do.

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A Jungle Gym for City Sidewalks

A knotty lattice of colorful play-tubes is an intriguing use of a public space.

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6 Absurd Architecture Projects

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a building!

What 'Wreck-It Ralph' Can Teach Us About Urban Planning

The new Disney movie offers fairly sophisticated commentary on cities and a plug for activist civic planning.

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6 Great Transit Maps That Aren't Transit Maps

From classic movies to the Mississippi River to a meta map of the world's transit systems.

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The Geography of America's Best Food Trucks

101 trucks in 23 metros.

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The Case for Listening to NIMBYs

We’ll never make much progress by ignoring them.

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Genius Gift Idea of the Day: The Folding Kayak

It's 12 feet long, weighs 25 pounds, and you can store it under the bed.

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Hitler Pond to Judas Creek: A Brief History of Controversial Place Names

As Russia considers reviving "Stalingrad," we scan the map for other unsavory historical figures.

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How Cities Celebrate Thanksgiving

Traditions from around the country.

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Thanksgiving Parade Helium: Too Expensive?

The cost to fill all those balloons is nearly twice what it was 15 years ago.

Craig Small

Vending Machine of the Day: the Biblio-Mat

Feeling lucky?

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KCA Architects

An Artist Transforms Old Milk Cartons Into Fluffy Clouds

A new exhibit on New York's Governors Island turns trash into funky plastic sculptures.

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'Drivelapse' of the Day: Route 66 in 3 Minutes

Brian DeFrees captures the big and small spots along the highway.

What If Westerners Had Their Safe Toilets Taken Away?

They'd join the ranks of one in three women worldwide who face "shame, disease, harassment and even attack," according to WaterAid.

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Incredible Sculptures Made From Bike Parts

It's astonishing to see what somebody can conjure from the leavings on a fix-it shop's floor.