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Why Are There No Big Cities with Municipal Broadband Networks?

Publicly owned Internet infrastructure is luring jobs to smaller towns. Should big cities follow their lead?

Reuters

Subway Babies and Shrinking Cities (Well): Best #Cityreads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

Sarah Goodyear

Shouldn't Pedestrians At Least Be Safe From Cars on the Sidewalk?

Even in walking cities like New York, the criminality of drivers who kill pedestrians is far from clear.

Some Super Charming Illustrated Answers to Urban Mysteries

Why do pigeons bob their heads? Do squirrels know where they hide their nuts? And other questions answered in this new art-meets-science book.

Redemption

A Brief History of Bottle Recycling

A story of trash and class in America.

Street Seats

An Ode to New York's Glorious DIY Sidewalk Seating Culture

Design firm Street Plans Collaborative has started tracking informal street furniture, and you can help.

What It's Like to Play a Grand Piano in a NYC Park Every Day

Colin Huggins brings his passion for music to Washington Square Park.

Chris Herwig

Mapping Data-Dense Cities as if They Were Mountains

Contour lines borrowed from natural terrain can tell us much about life in the city.

Coming Soon to a Cab Near You: Vending Machines?

A modernized vending machine for taxis and bars is preparing for launch in New York.

Scientists Hunt for Sewage in New York City’s Harbors

After Sandy, researchers are heading out to sea for a forensic look at the storm’s impacts.

An Obsessive Cataloging of New York's Windows

If you live in Manhattan, you might recognize your own window in this curious collection by illustrator José Guízar.

Twitter Data Use of the Day: Mapping the Languages of New York City

5 percent of Tweets out of the city are in a language other than English.

MTA

See Machines Tear Up the Bowels of New York

The latest photos from the city's underground train tunnel expansion.

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New York's 'Affordable Housing' Isn't Always Affordable

A new report finds that two-thirds of newly developed units are too expensive for local residents.

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One of America's Oldest Shopping Malls Converts to Micro-Apartments

The Arcade Providence will offer 48 units starting at $550 a month.

JFK's Once Futuristic Pan Am Terminal Is In Danger of Getting Torn Down

Can an online campaign save this iconic piece of aviation architecture from demolition?

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How We Feel About a Billboard Can Impact Our Driving

But not exactly in the way you might think.

The Rise and Fall of One of America's Most Innovative Hotel Chains

Statler grew up with America's cities.

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How Flight Delays Spread From Airport to Airport Like a Disease

Air travel congestion can quickly spread from a few cities to a whole network.