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The Best City Time-Lapse Videos of 2012

Kuala Lampur, Chicago, Toronto, San Francisco, and Hurricane Sandy make this year's list.

Reuters

The History Behind Why NYC Drops an 11,875 Pound Ball on New Year's Eve

Wouldn't explosions in the sky be preferable?

Reuters

The Best #CityReads of 2012

Charter cities, sexy villages, company towns, and more.

Will Sandy's Legacy Loom As Large As it Should Past 2012?

The super-storm was a wake-up call to cities. But will they keep their climate change preparation going?

New York City To Get Its Very Own Pyramid

The new building will slope up to 38 stories, with a giant courtyard, almost the size of a football field, cut out of the center.

Keith Bedford/Reuters

Hints of the Holidays Amid Sandy's Wreckage

Nods to Christmas in Breezy Point, Queens.

Danny Moloshok/Reuters

The Where of 2012's Top Music

The global cities that dominated popular music this year.

Reuters

America's Most Religiously Diverse Cities

Four percent of the country identifies as Jewish, Muslim, Hindu or Buddhist. A peek at where those communities are clustered.

Reuters

The Business Case for Saying No to National Chains

Brooklyn's Barclays Center is proving itself a leader in fostering a strong hometown identity.

Rosenwald Collection/Library of Congress

2012's Year in Maps

It's been an eventful year for cartography.

Jon Cotner

Holiday Wishes From the Streets of New York

25 strangers share their hopes for the season.

Drawing the Intricate Details of City Life By Hand

Illustrator Jenni Sparks discusses her lively, unique renderings of New York and London.

Sergio Ruiz

What's Behind San Francisco's Sudden Building Boom?

Traditionally stingy with new growth, the city appears to be on the cusp of a major construction cycle.

Anthony Sherin

Urban Artifact of the Day: A Street Corner Piano

Go ahead, play a few notes.

Y. Gao, J.S. Fu

How Bad Will Climate Change Get for the Eastern U.S.? Look at These Crazy Maps

Climate change-related heat waves and intense storms are projected to hit Eastern U.S. cities especially hard.

Deutsche + Guggenheim

The Inescapable Patterns of Garbage

Artist Gabriel Orozco has applied a fresh logic to trash-as-art.

Reuters

A Transit Chief in the Mayor's Office?

MTA leader Joe Lhota is expected to resign today to prepare for a mayoral run.

Reuters

2012's Biggest Transportation Successes

Amtrak posts a record year, California approves high-speed rail, and more.

phila.gov

The Best Open Data Releases of 2012

Our annual look at the extensive information now available from city governments, and the tools people are building with it.