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Who's Behind These Gruesome Murders of Street Furniture?

This sofa would really tie an (autopsy) room together.

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The French Invented the Apartment

Two New York architects enamored with Parisian flats convinced Rutherford Stuyvesant to build New York's first apartment building in the late 1860s.

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What France Can Teach U.S. Cities About Transit Design

What the French gamely call the "art of insertion" is really a multimodal understanding of streets.

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Can France Restore Renters' Faith in Fair Housing With Pricing Caps?

New legislation recognizes that demand for units has spun out of control, as have the fees and price hikes rental agencies charge. 

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Visit Paris, Which Is Now Infested by Rats Tourists Seem to Love

The Louvre Museum especially is overrun by the vermin this year, but 'Ratatouille' may have endeared them to visitors. 

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The Anxiety of Paris, Captured in a Single Department Store

A judge's ruling over renovations to La Samaritaine has the city wondering about its future. 

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Partially Banning Cars for a Day in Paris Actually Worked

Road traffic dropped by 18 percent, and PM-10 pollution dropped by 6 percent. 

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Why Paris Is Importing Police Officers From China

A rash of crimes against East Asian tourists has forced the French capital to get creative. 

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The Uber Wars Are Shaping Up to Be Even More Heated in Europe

The ride-hailing company faces legal challenges across the continent.

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If Savanna Animals Took the Subway

A new photo project dreams up a Paris Metro commute for lions, giraffes, and the whole gang. 

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Visualizing 200 Years of Urban Sprawl in Paris, São Paulo, and L.A.

New animations show centuries of expansion in three global cities.

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A Rare Non-Tragic Chance to Revisit the Idea of Driverless Trains

This week's Chicago L train crash highlights an area of technology where U.S. transit lags behind.

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A Really Bad Idea to Get Traffic Moving Faster

A hacked traffic light honks at drivers the instant the signal turns green.

Even China Is Ragging on France's Air Pollution

It must sting when the world's biggest smog-hole is calling your air polluted.

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Air Quality Woes May Finally Force Paris to Rethink Its Love of Diesel Fuel

The city banned half of all cars from the roads on Monday. Will it be enough?

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Western Europe's Mild March Has Led to an Air Quality Crisis in France

The entire Paris region's public transportation system will be free this weekend in an effort to stem the early spring smog.

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How Design Can Help Build a 'Transit Culture'

Transit "branding," from a system's logos to its stations, can have a real impact on riders.

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Notre Dame Cathedral Just Got an LED Makeover

Can one of the world's most famous historic churches hold up to modern-day lighting?

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The Grocery Store, Reimagined as a Chanel Runway

Don't even think about wearing a hoodie and pajamas to the fashion-themed "épicerie."