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An experiment tests the honor system across a wide range of demographics and places.
Mapping the metros with the largest share and largest number of college students.
Finding the origins of nabe proved easier than explaining its current popularity.
A new book offers a sweeping look at how fire – and the way we’ve responded to and manipulated it – has shaped cities in every part of the world.
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Jakarta bests New York and L.A. as well as Tokyo, London, and São Paulo, according to a recent study.
San Francisco's Financial District is more Manhattan-like than it is San Francisco-like, and other observations.
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Officials in California and Chicago are throwing their weight behind a proposal that would let homeowners refinance certain loans.
Philadelphia voters are in uncharted territory as the state fights over restrictive new ID legislation.
Artist Steed Taylor unravels the story behind Chicago's "Galloon," a tribute to out gays and lesbians in the military.
The latest research finds arenas are "not the cause of development so much as they are the effect."
An amazing new tool tracks the names and nationalities that dominate parts of London.
Invariably, the impact falls the hardest on low-income minorities.
With gang members openly posting about their plans to commit violent acts on Facebook and YouTube, police departments nationwide find increased challenges and unique advantages.
From a Lady Liberty comb to 'I Heart London' nail clippers.
The worst culprits aren't necessarily the ones you'd expect.