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The Scary Truth About Climate Change: 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.

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Do Big City Drivers Actually Have It Worse?

The latest look at how much time American commuters spend in traffic, and the methodology problems that come along with it.

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Wikipedia Nearby Is Basically a List of Interesting Things Near You

The fruits of Wikimedia's new GeoData extension.

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Baltimore vs. San Francisco, a Stupid Allegory Waiting to Happen

The gritty Ravens take on the laid-back 49ers.

These 8 Cities Have America's Crummiest Winters

Celebrate this awful time of year by thinking about the cities that have it even worse.

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This Is How You Respond to Bigoted Bus Ads

An ad campaign targeting transit in San Francisco, Chicago, and Washington corrects a few misinterpretations of the word "Jihad."

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Is San Francisco Really America's Next Title Town?

Despite the success of this season, the city has a ways to go before joining the superstar ranks of Boston or Green Bay.

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The Separation of Church and Parking

Downtown San Francisco is the latest flashpoint in an ongoing debate over whether cities can still afford to not charge for parking on Sundays.

Mapping the Almost-Real City

Hobbyist mapmaker Andrew Lynch is fascinated by what nearly was.

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Finding Beauty in the Hypnotic Sound of Police Scanners

A window into the steady rhythm of first responders in a major city.

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Traveling the Entire Length of California by Local Transit

A new state rail map shows that it can be done — should you be crazy enough to try it.

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A Map for All Possible Routes

How to get where you're going by foot, by car, by transit and bike, all on one map.

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Soon, the Only Place to Smoke in San Francisco Will Be Alcatraz

Also recently banned: a throat-slitting kite string in India and an Aussie grandma who made $1 million worth of false emergency phone calls.

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How a Reluctant Mayor Rescued San Francisco's Budget

Ed Lee came into office facing a $385 million deficit. By rethinking the pension system, he managed to save the city $1.3 billion over 10 years.

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Pointless Mayoral Sports Betting: Surely We Can Do Better Than This

America's mayors could clearly use some inspiration.

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What Flickr Can Teach Us About the Way We Photograph Cities

Maps of data offer a precise understanding of the where we shoot different landmarks.

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Replica of the Day: Cities Made of Toothpicks

Toothpick cities, two ways.

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Does Human Capital Tend to Cluster in Center Cities or the Suburbs?

According to new research, where college-educated folks live has a lot to do with population size.

Climate Change Could Destroy San Francisco's Marshes

Thanks to rising seas, 95 percent of the city's marsh area could become mudflats by 2100.