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The Small, Often Imperceptible Reasons Some Neighborhoods Feel Safer Than Others

Something like trash on the street can rejigger our entire sense of a place.

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After 50 Years, Boston's Charles River Just Became Swimmable Again

It took $500 million and nearly two decades of work. Here's how the city did it.

Mark Byrnes

Baseball's Oddest Season

A look back at the peculiar personalities of the short-lived 1890 Players' League.

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'Why Is Boston So Racist' and 50 Other City Stereotypes Revealed by Google Autocomplete

Austin is 'liberal,' Tampa is 'trashy,' and Buffalo is both 'cold' and 'depressing.'

You Know You Want to Play These Risk-Style Games of 'Urban Domination'

Havoc Boards apply the classic competition for world conquest to ten different cities.

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The Case for Making Bike-Share Membership an Employee Benefit

An early wave of New York City companies is willing to foot the bill for workers who plan to commute with Citi Bike.

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Cool New Maps Illustrate a Day of Bus Travel Across Boston, by Speed

Clocking the metric that matters most to many commuters.

Senseable City Lab

'Personal Climate Control,' Lasers, and the Wild Future of Thermostats

Why heat a whole building when infrared beams of warmth could follow us each around?

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Flags for the Fallen

The country prepares for Memorial Day.

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How the Location of State Capitals Influences Political Corruption

Remote cities are especially vulnerable to scandal, according to a new study.

Chris Marciano

A Proposal to Make the Micro Apartment a Little More Livable

The dormitory meets the real world.

National Archives

40-Year-Old Images Show East Boston Grappling With an Expanding Logan Airport

The photographer, while visiting the site again in 2010 said, "none of this is familiar."

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Has the Christian Church Forgotten Its Urban Roots?

Two pastors make the case that American Christians need to shed their "anti-urban bias" before their religion becomes marginalized.

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The New Economy of City-Based Top Level Internet Domains

Dozens of cities will have the chance to design their own municipally focused microcosm of the web.

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Piles of Sneakers, Rose Petals and Other Moving Memorials to Boston

From the city and beyond.

How Boston Magazine Put Together Its Striking Marathon Cover

The magazine collected and photographed dozens of shoes from runners, all while the city was on lock-down.

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Do Long Commutes Discourage Married Women From Working?

A new study finds that they do — to a very considerable extent.

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Are 'Lockdowns' the New Standard?

There's a lot we still need to know about the strategic decisions that led authorities to shut down Boston for a manhunt.

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East Coast Cities at Risk in Future Tsunamis

If a major tsunami were to occur off the Atlantic coast, cities from New England to New Jersey could be hardest hit.