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What Happens to the Olympics Plans of Cities That Don't Win Them?

More importantly: Does a city get anything out of the exercise?

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Don't Worry, the Spanish Are Already Protesting the 2020 Olympics

Artists in Madrid railed against the "destruction" of the Games with artwork made from what looks like Molotov cocktails.

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'Femme Fatales of Cartography'

Inside a beautiful new collection of "maps you shouldn't trust yet cannot help but fall for."

Building a Bicycle From Chopped-Up Auto Parts

What better way for cyclists to show their contempt for the car-driving masses than riding around on the carcass of a dismembered vehicle?

What the Urban Coyote Can Teach Us About Nature in Cities

The challenge of reprogramming our urban spaces.

A Harrowing Subway Video With a Happy Ending

A Madrid man rescues a woman who fainted onto the tracks.

If Grannies Did Graffiti, It Might Look Like This Yarn Tagging

A shadowy Madrid artist is methodically wrapping European cities in chaotic fabric webs.

The Architectural Legacy of Spain's Building Boom

In the first decade of the 21st century, Spain was defined by bold building. But the recession has brought the country's architectural ambitious to a halt.

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How Spanish Urbanism Lost its Leading Edge

The country has long been a model for flashy, absurd infrastructure, but austerity is finally slowing it down.

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For Weary Commuters, Try This Head-Eating Pillow

The "Ostrich Pillow" fits snugly over the cranium like a fabric womb.

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The World's Leading Cities for Fashion

The places with a disproportionate impact on what gets made, admired, and sold.

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ESPN's #1 Show in Latin America Is About Cities

For a show ostensibly about soccer, Capitales del Fútbol is extremely low on sports highlights.

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The World's Biggest Post-It Note Mural

Eduardo Zamarro's "Wall of Happiness" celebrates the little-known "Institute of Happiness" in Madrid.

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What the Recession Looks Like in Spain

Images tell the story of the country's struggle to get its economy back in order.

REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

May Day Around the World

A look at how different cities spent International Labor Day.

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Subway Platforms From Around the World

As iconic as anything above ground, these subway platforms leave riders with an added sense of the city they serve.

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Fields of Glowing, Green Grass Grow in Madrid

Radioactive Man would be happy to mow this luminous turf, an artistic statement against light pollution.

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Madrid's Broken Drinking Fountains Become Shimmering Waterfalls of Light

Two anonymous Spanish artists use light to highlight defects in the urban landscape. At issue here: Madrid's busted-down public fountains.

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What Does a Subway Entrance Say About its City?

A photographic survey of the world's metro gateways.