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Berlin's Invisible Gentrifiers

The city's properties are being sucked up by out-of-towners who visit only a few weeks a year, turning neighborhoods into ghost towns.

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Mapmaker, Artist, or Programmer?

Self-described "map geek" Eric Fischer uses urban data to make some of the web's most intriguing spatial images.

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Convention Towns, Zoning Overhauls, and Physics Experiments: The Best #CityReads of the Week

Our weekly look back at the stories you may have missed.

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Product of the Day: Canned City Air

Get a whiff of a place you miss.

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Watch the Icons of Google Maps Come to Life in the Real World

What happens when you insert elements from the digital realm into our physical surroundings?

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What Makes a Public Space Good for Democracy?

The best world capitals to raise a democratic ruckus. 

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The Nazi Olympics, Revisited

A new exhibit at Pittsburgh’s Holocaust Center explores the most infamous of Games.

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Berlin's Plastic Wrap Art

See garbage and cling wrap molded into sculpture.

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Happy Birthday Berlin! Here's a Giant Map

In honor of the city's 775th anniversary, a team of artists is painting a map on a central square.

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The Geography of James Bond

Who's been to more cities, you or 007?

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Confirmed Stereotype of the Day: Brazilians Love to Dance

The World Cities Culture Report came out today, and most of what you thought is true.

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Berlin's Holi, a Few Months Late

The city celebrates the festival of colors.

8 Truly Embarrassing City Souvenirs

From a Lady Liberty comb to 'I Heart London' nail clippers.

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The Fun Is Real But the Beach Is Not

Urban beaches offer the pleasures of the seaside without the cost of getting there.

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Debt of the Day: Berlin Owes the Town of Mittenwalde 'Trillions'

Compound interest can really compound when you leave a loan unpaid for 500 years.

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Meet 'Strappy,' the Almost-There Future of Urban Transport Technology

Near-field communication — which turns your phone into your fares, ads, and more — has shown both promise and problems.

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How Urban Design Affects Ethnic or Religious Tensions

You can't design your way out of conflict, but the way we build neighborhoods can either help or hinder polarized communities, and maybe even prevent radicalization in the first place.

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What Will It Take to Turn Berlin Into a Major Economic Center?

The city is an arts hub. Can a new airport bring it into the upper tier of European cities?

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What Critics Get Wrong About Creative Cities

Economic development, innovation and creativity are undoubtedly connected. Squabbling about which comes first misses the point.