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It's So Cold in Chicago, Firefighters Left This Warehouse Covered in Ice

This is what happens when you fight a fire in below-freezing temperatures.

Michael Schade

A Map for All Possible Routes

How to get where you're going by foot, by car, by transit and bike, all on one map.

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9 Questions About Gun Violence That We May Now Be Able to Answer

We're going to get a windfall of gun research thanks to Obama's new policy. Here's what we want to know.

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Is There Less Drunk Driving in the South, Or Just Less Data?

We've got a couple of theories.

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Mapping Urban Agriculture From the Sky

Google Earth could help quantify urban gardens much better than advocates on the ground.

Mark Lascelles Thornton

Imagining the World's Iconic Buildings All in One Skyline

An artist's impossible city borrows landmarks from eight major cities, including New York, Chicago, London, Shanghai, and Taipei.

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Banned in America, 2013 Edition: Conversion Therapy, Eating Horse Meat, Plus Many More

Grab tight your freedoms, America: The country's collective legislatures are unleashing a torrent of new regulations.

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Why Don't American Subway Stations Have Public Bathrooms?

Some say it's a security measure — but others think it's a matter of money.

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The Geography of Drunk Driving

The percentage of accidents involving alcohol varies widely by city.

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How Black Gentrifiers Have Affected the Perception of Chicago's Changing Neighborhoods

Two Chicago communities with similar stories see vastly different outcomes.

Haptic Lab

Urban Fabric of the Day: City Quilts

The city is getting soft.

The Best City Time-Lapse Videos of 2012

Kuala Lampur, Chicago, Toronto, San Francisco, and Hurricane Sandy make this year's list.

Happy Holidays From Cities Around the World

Public spaces decked out in the season's finest.

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America's Most Religiously Diverse Cities

Four percent of the country identifies as Jewish, Muslim, Hindu or Buddhist. A peek at where those communities are clustered.

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2012's Year in Maps

It's been an eventful year for cartography.

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Seattle Tries Again to Outlaw Assault Weapons: This Week in Bans

Also, a Canadian city goes after bullies and a Chicago alderman takes the war on pigeons to a new level.

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The Best Open Data Releases of 2012

Our annual look at the extensive information now available from city governments, and the tools people are building with it.

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This Most Recent Decline in U.S. Violent Crime Is Different From the Last One

Homicide rates have fallen significantly in some places. Does economic development deserve the credit?

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'Oakland Is the Newark of the West Coast'

And other metrophors.