Paris

The French Are Building a Mall by the Eiffel Tower, and China Wants to Buy It

The country's bid to buy property in the heart of the City of Light.

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How Houston Could Become America's Best City: Top #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.

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French 'Spider-Man' Climbs His Latest Skyscraper

Alain Robert entertained the lunch crowd in La Defense yesterday as he scaled a 607-foot tower with his bare hands.

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Talking About Climate Change in Terms of Its Impact on Your Favorite Things

New York. Paris. Bacon.

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Nighttime Revelers in Paris Get Shushed By a Bunch of Silent Clowns

It doesn't get much more French than this.

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In Paris, Thefts and Vandalism Could Force Bike-Share to Shrink

A whopping 9,000 bikes were damaged or stolen last year, costing the Vélib' system about €1 million.

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Eerie Photos of a French Ghost Town

Goussainville-Vieux Pays was once a thriving farming village. The opening of Charles de Gaulle Airport changed that.

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Could the City of Light Become the City of Height?

Paris has traditionally eschewed tall buildings, but a new wave of architects are looking to change that.

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Life on Minimum Wage Around the World

Stories of workers who survive on difficult work and little money.

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Urbanism for Introverts: Why Cities Need Quiet Spaces

Why cities need quiet spaces.

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Gorgeous 19th Century Cityscapes, Courtesy of Daguerrotype

How we learned to use Polariod's precursor to capture urban life.

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A Day in the Life of Paris's Growing Muslim Population

France's 5 million Muslims say they often feel left out of mainstream society, as well as the job force.

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How Missile Detection Technology Can Help Us Predict Floods

A new radar system can show us exactly how much rain is falling in a given spot.

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Can One Man Change the Shape of an Entire City?

A study of Baron von Haussmann's Paris.

Chronicling the Seamier Side of Europe's Hottest Cities

A spate of new blogs seek out the underbelly of Paris, London and Berlin.

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This Guy's Never Met a Map He Didn't Want to Fix

Just not always for the better: "I've deliberately designed maps that are deliberately horrible to look at, and succeeded."

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Why the Expansion of Paris Is a Pretty Big Deal

The French capital plans to form a huge new urban authority, with roughly three times its current population and four times the land.

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Cities Might Not Be as Prepared as They Think for a Bioterrorism Attack

Smallpox maliciously released in London would spread to several countries before governments could intervene, a new model predicts.

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New Rent Laws Aim to Keep Paris From Becoming Only for the Rich

France looks set to implement a series of groundbreaking laws designed to induce landlords to rent to a wider variety of income levels.