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Austin NIMBYs Chase Smoke in the Heart of Texas BBQ Country

But the City Council has voted not to regulate commercial barbecue emissions—for now.

Field Constructs

Austin Is Populating an Old Landfill With Bizarre Art

The nature park will harbor a shambling behemoth, a fuzzy duck blind, and a smokey “Meat Church,” among other installations.

UFO-Shaped Clouds Appear Over Texas

It's rare to find these types of formations in the South.

Radar Spots Massive Swarms of Bats Over Texas

The warm weather has activated the state's legendary hordes.


America's Holiday Lights Can Be Seen from Space

They're especially bright in the suburbs, says NASA.

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The Carless Commute Ranking to End All Carless Commute Rankings

A new report ranks U.S. metros based on how many jobs residents can access by transit during the morning rush.

Flickr/Derek Key

Why Can't Austin Attract International Students?

One of America's rising tech hubs may suffer unless it draws more foreign students to its universities—and welcomes them into the larger culture.

The U.S. Cities That Sprawled the Most (and Least) Between 2000 and 2010

Two maps and six charts take sprawl rankings to another level.


For Smaller Cities, the Airbnb Backlash Can Be Even Bigger

In communities that rely on a handful of special events each year, the sharing economy is complicated.

Shutterstock/Songquan Deng

The Urban Shift in the U.S. Start-Up Economy, in One Chart

Walkable suburbs and center city companies are dominating the tech scene.


America's Biggest Metros Are Growing Much Faster Than Other Cities

The population of cities with more than a million people jumped 3.2 percent, much better than the 2.4 percent for the U.S. overall.


We're Shamefully Bad at Protecting Pedestrians at Events Like SXSW

A few thousand dollars worth of steel bollards might have prevented last night's mayhem.


The Race Is On for the Transit Ticket of Tomorrow

The next-generation fare card will definitely be much more than a fare card. But what, exactly?

Open Technology Institute

The Most Revealing Broadband Adoption Maps We've Ever Seen

In the era of Google Fiber, there's more reason than ever to confront America's digital divide.


Yes, Police Can Arrest You for Failing to Identify Yourself

You've heard of stop-and-frisk. Now meet stop-and-identify. 


Imagine: A World Where Nobody Owns Their Own Car

It's possible, and sooner than you'd think.

Schema Design

What New York's Social Network Might Look Like If We Could Actually See It

A wild experiment in 3D data visualization.


Yes, Rent Is Rising Much Faster in America's Tech Hubs

But Internet companies and their high-paid web developers are only part of the story.