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Radio, Not the Internet, Might Be The Future of Local News

For the first time, neighborhoods will be able to bid on local radio wavelengths. Here's what that means for cities.

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Enticing Film Trailer of the Day: 'Lost Rivers'

Unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.

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The Power of the Movable Chair

A New York design competition aims to add more flexibility to The Battery.

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The Seattle Band Map Keeps Getting More Complicated

A crazy chart of the interconnectedness of Seattle musical acts since the 1960s is still being updated.

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Commute of the Day: The Length of the Lincoln Tunnel in an F1 Race Car

Friday afternoon traffic this ain't.

Videos

New York City's Skyscrapers Blast Off to Mars

A far-out music video, using actual NASA footage, imagines New York's architecture taking a journey through space.

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Andrew Siu/Jeffrey Liu

Colorful, DIY Urban Neighborhoods ... for Birds

These makeshift shelters slap onto street poles with the help of magnets.

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What's a Language Worth to a Small Town in Scotland?

A fisherman's dialect dies out.

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The Great Wall of China's Great Wall of People

It's high season for tourists in the world's most populous country.

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Jeroen Musch

Climb This Mountain of Books

Can this flashy library outside Rotterdam combat the town's 10 percent illiteracy rate?

Kaid Benfield

One Incredibly Easy Way to Let People Know Your Neighborhood Is Getting Better

Simple as they seem, colorful signs suggest residents of this Boston neighborhood imagine a hopeful future.

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Chestnuts Singing in a Public Park

A public art installation turns falling nuts into light and sound. For tree preservation, of course.

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Brilliant Luxury Item of the Day: The Hot Tub Tug Boat

When sitting in a boat full of water is actually a good thing.

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Finland's Demographics, Translated Into High Cuisine

Immigration-rate lasagna, suicide soup and a "criminally stacked Russian salad": a look at the bizarre menu of Helsinki's Open Data Cooking Workshop.

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In Mexico, a Community on the Outside

Over 80,000 Mennonites live in Mexico. They have their own educational system and do not participate in the government.

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In Cleveland, a Flashy New Museum But an Even Better Neighborhood

A new art museum debuts in Cleveland's University Circle, a part of town that has avoided much of the city's economic struggles.

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Daria Makarenko

Is This Wall Talking To Me?

Russian artist Daria Makarenko slips hidden messages into the cracks of the city.

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Are Cell Phones to Blame for Our Boring Public Spaces?

Maybe. Or perhaps it's the other way around.

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Bikeshare Stations Don't Have to Be Clunky

A Swiss design firm imagines elegant docking systems that blend into the urban mold.