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The Unsteady Rise of Minority Civil Servants

Where public payrolls still don't reflect the local population.

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Except for All the Details, Elon Musk's Hyperloop Sounds Awesome

Will more fully baked transportation projects be put on hold in hopes that Musk's still-fictional idea works out?

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In California, Transgender Students Get a Big Bathroom Win

In other toilet news, Juggalo porta-potties are disgusting, a Japanese toilet is hackable, and a man allegedly bombs a gas-station commode with a skunk.

Ernest Burgess

The Most Famous Models for How Cities Grow Are Wrong

We need new ways to explain growing urban inequality.

Census Bureau

Where 60 Million People in the U.S. Don't Speak English at Home

The number is on the rise.

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Sorry New York and L.A. (and Other Cities), No More CBS (or Showtime) for a While

Time Warner and CBS are locked in a dispute over transmission fees.

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Santa Barbara Loves Its 'Disgusting,' 'Rotted,' 'Dirty Diaper'-Smelling Corpse Flower

The city is all abuzz over news that a rare, incredibly odiferous Titan Arum has blossomed.

Peter Dunn

Map of the Day: L.A.'s Freeways, Reimagined as a Subway

Public transit nerds, prepare to geek out.

XpressWest

The Flawed Federal Rule That Killed High-Speed Rail to Vegas

It may be time to revisit the Buy America provision in U.S. transportation funding.

Watch 10 Years of Public Transit Ridership Growth in This Blobby, Pulsating Map

In this unusual visualization, America's steady user rise is shown as a sea of swollen red discoids.

Reuters

Drought Policy Of the Day: Get Paid to Kill Your Lawn

L.A. homeowners can trade green (lawns) for green (cash). 

Reuters

'We Are All Trayvon'

Across the country, protesters rage at the acquittal of George Zimmerman.

Los Angeles Man's Chandelier Tree Is a 'Magical Playground'

Circus worker Adam Tenenbaum's front yard has become a neighborhood gathering place due to one really weird art tree.

Reuters

Where You Don't Have to Feel Bad If You're a 40-Year-Old Renter

Even with a family.

Emily Shur

The Many Disguises of California's Cell Phone Towers

A "Where's Waldo" game that you can play on the freeway.

Reuters

That's Right, Los Angeles Is Giving Up Car Lanes for Pedestrians

Six lanes of traffic will be reduced to three in the city's plan to improve the walkability of Broadway.

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Nearly Half of All American AIDS Cases Are Found in Just 12 Metropolitan Areas

The HIV scourge continues to disproportionately affect poor urban areas.

Yelp

A Heat Map Dining Guide to Hoagies, Hipsters and Bacon

Thanks to Yelp reviews.

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The Saddest, Most Inspiring Story You'll Ever Read About Thumb Wrestling

James "Tigermonkey" Isaacs was having a rough year. Then he started thumb wrestling.