Design

A Closer Look at Portland's Giant, Carnivorous Street Lights

Four monstrous pitcher plants light up a new pedestrian pathway downtown ... if anybody's brave enough to use it, that is.

Happy Reopening, Statue of Liberty! We've Been Making a Big Deal Out of You Since 1885

In honor of $59 million worth of repairs following Superstorm Sandy, a look back at the initial excitement surrounding America's most famous statue.

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LEGO Model of the Day: Urban Density Gone Bad

A playful exercise in jam-packed city living.

The Story of the Battle of Gettysburg, Told Through Maps

Though limited, these sketches help explain what happened, and why.

The Year in Hot Dog Innovation

Let it never be said that our nation stood still while others carried forth the banner of progress.

Henning Larsen's Greatest Building Was Also His Greatest Failure

The architect, who died last month, spent the last years of his career carefully disowning the Copenhagen Opera House.

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A Heat Map Dining Guide to Hoagies, Hipsters and Bacon

Thanks to Yelp reviews.

How the Sharing Economy Can Save Summer Vacation

A nation of freelancers can't afford their own summer homes. But a return to co-vacationing means they won't have to.

What Small Towns Can Teach Us About Diabetes Care

A year-old program in Birmingham, Alabama, is finding success by cultivating a tight-knit community.

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The Visual Signature of Your City

In Instagram photos.

Here's What It Used to Look Like When the NSA Spied on Foreigners

A once thriving hub of Cold War espionage, built on a Berlin hill made of World War II rubble.

Let There Be Light: Coney Island's Parachute Jump Gets Blinged Out

Will the post-Sandy makeover lure visitors back?

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Has Inspired an Entire Collection of Fan Fiction

Because of course.

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Where We're Obsessed With Zombies

And what this says about the geography of the web.

The Met's Museum Buttons Will Rest in Nostalgic Peace

The world of art lovers couldn't be any sadder that they'll be gone after this weekend.

The Saddest, Most Inspiring Story You'll Ever Read About Thumb Wrestling

James "Tigermonkey" Isaacs was having a rough year. Then he started thumb wrestling.

The Charming, Forgotten Remains of Route 66

Shells of wigwam hotels, drive-in theaters, and hokey gift shops.

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Peep at These Fantastic Vintage City Panoramas

You won't find better old cityscapes than the ones in this Library of Congress collection.

San Francisco's City Hall Is Now a Technicolor Rainbow

Never has a hub of governance looked so fabulous.