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The Netherlands Gets the World's First Solar-Powered Bike Lane

Leave it to the Dutch to make cycling even greener.

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Amsterdam's Weird Culture War

Conservatives want to power-wash the city of its intrinsic character—which includes pot shops and sex shows, but also a uniquely Dutch balance.

Even in 1932, Copenhagen Was a Cyclist's Paradise

Wonder-struck newscasters marvel at the city's throngs of riders and "special cyclist roads."

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Dear Seattle, Careful You Don't End Up Like Us. Love, Amsterdam

Retail cannabis stores are getting ready to open in Washington state. But at the same time in the Netherlands, decades of permissive pot policies are being eroded. 

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9 Reasons the U.S. Ended Up So Much More Car-Dependent Than Europe

Understanding mistakes of the past can help guide U.S. transportation policy in the future.

How a Few Dutch Children Fought for a Street Where They Could Play, and Won

A 1972 documentary with lessons for today.

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The Logic Behind Paying Severe Alcoholics in Beer

Instead of arresting public drunks, Amsterdam has tasked them with cleaning up a local park. Payment: €10, some rolling tobacco and 5 cans of beer.

A Delightfully Trippy Map of Every Single Building in The Netherlands

The ages of Dutch structures are shown as glorious, prismatic blasts in this obsessively detailed map.

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Let's Turn More Empty Lots Into Mini-Golf Courses

Faced with a glut of empty eyesores, Amsterdam rolls out the sod for free public golfing.

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The Strange Politics Behind a Berlin Neighborhood's Plan to Legalize Pot Dealing

It's the latest Northern European city to see pro- and anti-marijuana forces face off.

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The City of Utrecht Wants to Convince Mentally Ill Marijuana Users to Smoke Better Pot

This fall, the city will distribute a "special cannabis variant" to a select group of mentally ill addicts.

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Yes, Amsterdam Really Did Banish an Entire Family to a Shipping Container 'Scum Village'

The city has sent a "socially disruptive" family to Zeeburger Island, an ex-industrial port zone monitored by a heavy police presence.

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8 More Brilliant Pieces of Bike Infrastructure

Lofted bike lanes, automated parking, and more.

The 'World's First' 3-D Printed Skateboard Isn't Exactly That

In its defense, though, it looks awesomely terrifying.

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The Exquisite Geometry of Global Flight Paths

As revealed by a billion dots of color.

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Dutch Coffee Shop Owners Found Guilty of Selling Cannabis to Foreigners

The country's reputation as a haven of drug tolerance took a knock yesterday.

10 Brilliant Pieces of Bike Infrastructure

Super-highways, car-shaped holding pens, and more.

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Watch Out, EasyJet: Europe's Newer, Faster Trains Are Gunning For You

European rail travel is often more expensive and harder to book than cheap, no-frills plane tickets. But that's about to change.

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Say Hello to Solar-Paneled Clothing That Charges Your Phone

This "Wearable Solar" clothing allegedly can restore half of a phone's power when worn in bright sunlight.