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The Most Important Transportation Innovation of the Decade Is the Smartphone

So why don't cities and transit agencies take more advantage of it?

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Why London's National Gallery Has Surrendered to Selfies

The august institution hopes visitors will contemplate its world-class art collection, but realizes many people would rather just take photos of themselves in front of it.

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London's Bold Plan to Re-Wild Its Eastern Wetlands

By 2017, the wetlands of East London’s Upper Lea Valley will be preserved on a scale unmatched by any other European city. But 2,000 new homes will get built there, too.

When Cooling Towers Get Demolished, They Produce Mammoth Smoke Rings

It's like they're occupied by cigar-sucking giants.

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Wind Farm Fires Are Much More Common Than We Thought

And they're underreported by as much as 10 times, according to new research.

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5 Lessons U.S. Transit Systems Should Learn from London

At the top of the list: Get people on board with annual fare increases.

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The Grotesque Glory of Blackpool's Stag and Hen Parties

Street photographer Dougie Wallace embedded himself in the lewd, bloody bashes of England's worst bachelor-party destination.

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A High-Flying, Daredevil Tribute to the Boris Bike

Trick riders take a vertiginous journey high above the streets of London.

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Browsing an Incredible New 'Social Atlas of London'

With Londonmapper, we can visualize anything from knife crime to hedgehog sightings in the British capital.

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Visualizing London's Evolution From Roman Times to Today

An animation built with georeferenced records of the city's historic road network.

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So Helpful: A Map of Housing Prices at Every London Tube Stop

People can figure out what it'd cost to live at different points of their commute. Your city needs something like this. 

Peek Inside the Imaginary World of London's Anti-Litter Fairies

Here are a few short films about the hard-working construction crews who dispose of your trash.

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London's Bike-Share Program Unwittingly Revealed Its Cyclists' Movements for the World to See

When open data is too open.

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Will London Finally Get Serious About Air Pollution?

Britain's parliament is launching an official enquiry into recent heavy smog. 

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These Women Wish You'd Stop Taking Pictures of Them Eating on the Tube

A Facebook page sparks controversy over privacy rights in public spaces.

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Watch 2 Men Paint Road Markings With Surprising Artistry

Oddly satisfying.

London to Remain Enveloped in Smog Cloud Until Friday

A mix of Sahara desert dust and industrial emissions from Europe has blanketed the city.

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Amazingly, London's Property Boom May Still Have Years to Run

For a first-time buyer, the average home now costs eight times gross earnings, the highest ratio since at least 1983.

Inside London's First Cat Cafe

The $8.50 cover charge hasn't stopped feline-lovers from flocking to Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium.