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Defining a Great Street

What makes some spaces better than others?

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Throwing It All Away: NYC Subway Trashes More Trash Cans

Transit officials say a pilot program has helped reduce garbage inside stations, but results elsewhere have been mixed.

Reuters

Berlin's Invisible Gentrifiers

The city's properties are being sucked up by out-of-towners who visit only a few weeks a year, turning neighborhoods into ghost towns.

Melissa Price

Maps of London, Minus London

There's a lot to see when you take away the street grid.

Facebook/MediaCityUK

Television as Urban Regeneration: Manchester's MediaCityUK

BBC is decentralizing to Northern England as part of a sweeping urban redevelopment project. Can it bring some of London's prosperity with it?

YouTube/UCLEngineering

Making Sense of Inevitable Transit Delays

Researchers are using rider data to better understand how stressed subway crowds flow through the system.

MTA

Are Our Transit Maps Tricking Us?

Subway maps distort the reality on the ground for all kinds of reasons. What happens when we make decisions based on them?

This Week in Bans: The English and Their 'Extreme' Dog Dancing

Also, Oklahoma City outlaws Michigan sportswear and a face-kicking preacher is turned away from the U.K.

Public Interventions

Parks Weren't Always for Everybody

A new project in London tries to send that message through a playful, interactive installation.

Feargus O'Sullivan

Why I Moved Back to the Suburbs

Increasingly, I find fashionable inner city neighborhoods as banal as any suburb, just more expensive.

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The Uncomfortable Politics Behind the History of Urban Fires

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.

POOL New / Reuters

Has the London Mayor's Office Been Too Successful?

One columnist believes it has.

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Grisly Reports From Britain's Worst-Rated Public Toilets

Bathroom users warn of the boogers, blood and unbearable stench in the U.K's allegedly three foulest loos.

Reuters

Big Cities, Bad Cities, Beer Cities: The Best #CityReads of the Week

Our weekly look back at the stories you may have missed.

Alisa Andrasek and Jose Sanchez

A Massive, Infinitely Reshapable 'Toy' in Trafalgar Square

A new piece of interactive design invites community participation.

Reuters

The Case for Distinctive Taxi Cabs

What we lose when cities begin copying each other.

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What Makes a Public Space Good for Democracy?

The best world capitals to raise a democratic ruckus. 

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This Week in Bans: It's Criminal To Say Men Have 'No Balls'

Also, a British city forbids its own employees from watching the Olympics and a Tennessee burg attacks noisy street preaching.

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50 Years After the Beatles, Liverpool Is Back

England's Detroit has boosted its cultural offerings to become a tourist magnet.