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Map of the Day: Church vs. Beer

The cartographers over at Floating Sheep track tweets on both topics.

Happy 4th of July! From the World's Premiere Gunpowder Artist

Cai Guo-Qiang transforms fireworks into eardrum-shattering "smoke paintings" in cities across the world.

Matthew Benson

Debating the Local Food Movement

A new book argues that locavores are terrible for the environment, the economy and global food security.

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How the Transportation Bill Failed America

Congress had an opportunity to bring America into the 21st century. Instead it chose to pass a bill that will do little to improve access to public transportation.

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Is Your City Making You Single?

Why where we live determines how we date.

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What Honeybees Can Teach Us About Gang-Related Crime

Police typically identify gang territories by tracking crime, graffiti and other clues. But a simple ecological equation might do the job even better.

Adriaan Brouwer

Officials Gone Wild: Cook County Morgue CEO Flees Stacks of Corpses

Also, Los Angeles-area officials believe that "money makes the monkey dance," and a Georgia mayor struggles to get somebody to pay for his lawsuit.

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Climate Change at the Neighborhood Level

Researchers in Los Angeles try out a more granular approach to temperature change estimates.

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The Insurance Company That Thought Its Buildings Could Save Cities

Why Prudential thought it could save America's downtowns through its own decentralization.

Photo: Erin Churchill

Confessions of a Straphanger

Travel writer Taras Grescoe on the joys of public transportation.

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The Birth of Zoning Codes, a History

Or, how Americans learned to legislate our NIMBY impulses.

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How High Design Can Help the Homeless

Beautiful social housing in Los Angeles is trying to change the lives of its residents and the way communities feel about them.

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This Week in Bans: Santa Monica Outlaws Christmas Displays

Also banned recently: Porch sofas in Durham, North Carolina; public profanity near Boston; a British man who drinks mouthwash.

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In Santa Monica, a Sculpture That Aims to Change the Weather

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle's "Weather Field" installation is designed to create a "microclimate" in the air.

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This Week in Bans: Moscow Outlaws Gay-Pride Parades for Next 100 Years

Also, California cities binge on foie gras before it's banned; Boston knocks down satellite dishes; you can't dress up like Tinker Bell at Disney World; a British city welcomes back meter maids.

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Which City Might Try to Ban Huge Sodas Next?

Deductive reasoning says Seattleites should drink 'em while they got 'em.

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How Dogs Saved a Los Angeles Neighborhood

Pet-friendly policies created a livelier, more vibrant downtown.

A Tourist's Guide For Your City's Mundane, Obscure Attractions

A handful of new travel companies ask what you'd learn if you approached the mundane in your own neighborhood like a tourist.

The Financial Case for Public Art

As two projects in Los Angeles show, public art has more than just aesthetic appeal - it can generate income for developers and local government.