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Best U.S. Cities for St. Patrick's Day? Anywhere But Texas

The Northeast Corridor is, unsurprisingly, the promised land of Irish bars and restaurants.

Katsuya Arai

The Humble Public Bench Gets a Dramatic Makeover

Boston prepares to debut 20 bench designs that re-imagine the experience of sitting on the street.

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How Boston Fit a Giant New Farm Into the City ... Seamlessly

Higher Ground, the world's second largest rooftop farm, contributes fresh food but doesn't interfere with density and walkability.

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An Imprecise Geography of Obnoxious Snowstorm Nicknames

From Snowpocalypse to Snowquester.

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Why Obama's New Pick for the EPA Will Be Good for Cities

Gina McCarthy has a strong record on regulating pollutants. But she also gets smart growth.

Sebastian Mariscal

Is Boston Ready for an Apartment Building That Bars Cars?

A proposed development in the city underscores the tradeoffs and design challenges of building cities around the car.

The 8 Most Intriguing Finalists From the Bloomberg Philanthropies' Mayors Challenge

Five winners will be announced this spring, but these ideas stand out above the rest.

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What Mosh Pits Can Teach Us About Crowd Control in Public Spaces

Though they look like a mess of humanity, the pits actually follow a set of rules.

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Why Modernism Gets Blamed for Making Snowstorms Worse

It’s easy to take potshots when architects push the envelope. But the flat roof is problematic as a more basic matter of function.

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The Neighborhoods With the Most Single Ladies (and Men)

Just in time for Valentine's Day.

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Watch from Space as the Blizzard Eats New England

Meanwhile on the ground, there are automotive pile-ups, white-out conditions and reports of ferocious thundersnow.

Tania deLuzuriaga

Terrible Snowstorm Etiquette of the Day: The Preemptive Chair Strike

How not to save parking spots during a historic snowfall.

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What Makes Urban Charter Schools Effective?

MIT economist Josh Angrist believes demographics and pedagogical approach both play a role.

New Englanders Probably Shouldn't Look at These Photos of the Catastrophic Blizzard of 1978

Considering the "historic" blizzard in this weekend's weather forecast and all.

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These Scary Maps Explain What Sea Level Rise Will Mean in Boston

Today's 100-year storm surge could be tomorrow's high tide.

The Boston Ferry Pavilion's Latest Electrifying Makeover

A video artist has created an animated lightning storm on the ceiling.

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In Defense of 'Mansionization'

Let's stop fighting developers who are trying to make your neighborhoods more desirable.

Mapping the Almost-Real City

Hobbyist mapmaker Andrew Lynch is fascinated by what nearly was.

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A Ridiculous Proposal to Jail Boston's Saggy Pants Wearers for 3 Years

A Boston non-profit pushes the city to enforce the state's "chastity, morality, decency, and good order" laws more forcefully. What is the world coming to?