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Chris Helgren/Reuters

Bipartisan Support of Public Goods Made America Great

It’s time for the U.S. to stop turning its back on the efforts that gave us public schools, transportation networks, and national parks.

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Oliver Clasper

Focusing on the Hidden Horror of American Lynchings

A British photojournalist is training his camera on the sites of the South’s ugliest open secret.

Kyodo/Reuters

Climate Change Might Worsen Nauseating Airplane Turbulence

Future fliers can expect more brushes with turbulence strong enough to hurl unbuckled people around the cabin, according to new research.

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David Mirzoeff/Greenpeace

In London, a Grim Warning About Ocean Plastics

A public art piece sponsored by Greenpeace addresses the fact that by 2050 plastics will clog the guts of virtually all seabirds.

Reuters

Tackling Rising Waters in Atlantic City and Miami Beach

Sea level rise is making floods more common and as the New Jersey resort braces for the next Sandy, the well-heeled Florida city is throwing money at the problem.

STREETFILMS

Want Safer Streets? Take Design Cues From the Snow

It’s never too late for #sneckdown season.

Utopia Arkitekter

An 'Indoor Park' to Battle Stockholm's Brutal Winters

These giant glass eggs would bring warmth, greenery, and a place to hang out when other public spaces are dark, cold, and empty.

Portland Anarchist Road Care

Portland Anarchists Want to Fix Your Street's Potholes

Meet the group devoted to abolishing capitalism, and also making streets super smooth.

Michael Dwyer/AP

To Fight Snow Storms, Bring Out the Big Data

Cities like Boston aren’t just rolling out the heavy-duty plow trucks. Analytic tools are helping them to make snow removal a smarter and more efficient process.

Mark Lennihan/AP

Ride-Hailing Makes Any Snow Crisis Worse

Uber, Lyft, and delivery-on-demand apps put unnecessary drivers on the road during winter weather—and we all end up paying for it.

Wilson Center, Environmental Change and Security program/flickr

At the EPA, It's the End of an Era

Until he resigned, Mustafa Ali was the EPA’s most senior official on environmental and climate justice.

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Frank J. Aleksandrowicz/NARA

What Cities Looked Like Before the EPA

Whatever happens to the Environmental Protection Agency, it has a clear legacy in cities.

Mike Hutchings/Reuters

This Month in Urbanism: March 2017

A sampling of city-focused events around the world. This month: bikes, land, water and mayors.

City of San Diego

The Key to San Diego's Water Independence: Sewage

The city’s ambitious Pure Water project aims to combat drought and harsh economics with reclaimed wastewater. But first, the public will have to get used to the idea.

Blair Sampson/USDA

What's Behind San Francisco's Plague of Flies?

A brief history of the California city’s hopeless battle against invasive insects.

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NYPL

When Lager Reigned

1880s Manhattan was a beery paradise, according to a teetotaling cartographer.

M.B. Tekman et al

Humanity's Garbage Keeps Piling Up in the Arctic Ocean

Less ice and more shipping traffic has left the seafloor looking like the side of a New Jersey highway.

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Ricardo Perez-Solero Llosa

Phnom Penh's Canal of Unpleasant Fragrances

As the Cambodian capital’s least-majestic waterway, the infamous “Shit Canal” is descended from greater architectural marvels intended to re-engineer the landscape.