The Modern Urbanist's Guide to Life

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In Cider Season, Detroit's Donuts Reign Supreme

The perfect autumnal snack salutes Michigan’s other big industry.

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Why Londoners Bristled at the Invitation to Chat on the Tube

Small talk isn’t universal.

Heidrum Henke

The Vienna Orchestra That Makes Music With Vegetables

First songs, then soup.

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Why This Weird Little Rubber Stamp Shop Leaves a Lasting Impression

J.C. Casey treats his store like a pub.

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An Ode to Urban Forests

A new book unpacks the indelible relationship between city dwellers and trees.

Kyle Chayka

What Would You Pay for an Empty Room?

A new app allows users to summon empty spaces on demand—but only elites can afford its rates.

Jur Oster & Vera van de Sandt

A Peek Inside Brazilian 'Love Motels'

These sanctuaries for the sex-deprived shed light on the various ways people find space for intimacy.  


7 Documentaries About Cities Streaming Now

More profiles of cities, their residents, and their dramas.

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How an Old-World Bakery Stays Relevant

The 100-year-old Orwashers in New York City takes a creative approach to sourcing locally.

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American Voters, in Their Own Words

A new podcast tries to tease out why voters are really lining up behind each candidate.

Aatish Nath

Underwater With the Fisherwomen of Japan

Meet the ama keeping an ancient profession alive.

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Why Free Museums Matter

Gratis admission is just one way museums are trying to shed their forbidding veneer.

Todd Hartman

In Defense of Embarrassing Yourself in Public

A performance series and podcast builds community around cringe-worthy moments.

Sunaina Kumar

At the Wheel With Delhi's Lone Woman Bus Driver

Riders can't help but notice Vankadarath Saritha.

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The Ultimate Travel Guide for Armchair Explorers

Atlas Obscura’s new book catalogs 700 marvelous sights across all seven continents.

Thessa Lageman

The Crew Bringing Recycling to Tunis

Meet the volunteers working to curb the city’s teeming garbage problem.


New York City Slang Heads to Oxford

“Fuhgeddaboudit” snags a spot in the Oxford English Dictionary.

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5 Apps We Wish Existed to Solve Roommate Nightmares



Warm Your Apartment with a Compact, Candle-Powered Heater

The Egloo is made of terracotta and needs just four tea lights to heat a whole room.