The Modern Urbanist's Guide to Life

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How Small Businesses Hustle to Attract Holiday Shoppers

Shops use sleigh rides and treats to entice customers on Small Business Saturday.

Manuel Rosell

This Furniture Is Made for Bike Storage

Hang with your bike off the road, too.

Paula Zuccotti

A Day in the Life, in Objects

Designer Paula Zuccotti asked 62 people from around the world to record every item they touched in a single day.

REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Talking to Coffee Shop Strangers Isn't the Worst Thing

With wi-fi freeloaders draining the bottom line, café owners try out creative approaches to get customers to stick around.

Flickr/Anthony Quintano

The Secret History of Your City's Christmas Tree

Some have traveled from the Great White North, others are annually unearthed from the back of a semi-truck.

Don Richards

Don't Believe the Hype About Selfie Rat

It just doesn’t add up.

Juust Design

Cram All Your Worldly Possessions Into This Compact 'Travelbox'

The “portable” container is meant for folks who like to uproot themselves lightning-quick.

Mapping Calories Burned Walking Around New York

A healthy alternative to waiting for the train.


Play Hundreds of Classic Games on This Retro Home Arcade

The Polycade uses emulator software to conjure up “Pac-Man,” “Street Fighter II,” and other classic titles.

Mark Byrnes/CityLab

America's Funniest Thanksgiving Google Searches

Turns out, leftovers aren’t big priorities on Thanksgiving Day. Hookah bars and beauty salons are.


Charge Your Phone for Free on This Solar Bench

The “Soofa” has two USB charging ports and tracks data on air quality, foot traffic, and radiation.

Steve Marcus / Reuters

Your Phone Is Listening to Your TV

All in the name of serving you more targeted ads.


These Candles Symbolize Climate Change

They melt just like glaciers.

Dear Akron

Love Letters for That Special City in Your Life

“Dear Akron, I'm not from you, but you've made me your own, and there's no place else I'd rather be.”

AP Photo/Kathy Willens

How Old-Fashioned Jobs Flourish in the On-Demand Economy

The milkman hasn’t totally disappeared, after all.

Shannon Kirkman

A Sexy Cab Driver for Every Month

In a new calendar, New York cabbies show off their bods for your pleasure—and a good cause.


This Is the Best Public Restroom in America

A new poll finds the most picturesque lavatory nestled in a 1,035-person Colorado town.

Debbie Ullman

Print Is Dead—Let's Compost Instead

Why one New Yorker transformed newspaper racks into homes for food scraps.

Meredith Wade

It’s Probably OK To Eat Fruit From City Trees

New research is good news for hungry urbanites.