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The Modern Urbanist's Guide to Life

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What Burglars Can Teach Architects

A new book uncovers what breaking and entering can reveal about buildings.

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The Ultimate Party for Literary Nerds

Across the U.S. and Canada, rallies are celebrating independent booksellers.

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Meet the Woman Coaching Drivers Through Roadside Crises

Letisha Ghanbari has talked people through lock-outs and childbirth.

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Playgrounds for All

The success of “joint use” programs in San Francisco and New York shows the benefits of opening schoolyards up to the local community.

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Scenes From the American Railroad

A photographer travels the U.S. on Amtrak to document the lives of the passengers on board.

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Up Close and Personal With Urban Wildlife

The new book Unseen City makes a case for staring pigeons in the eye.

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Your Newest Reminder of the Wage Gap Is an Alarm Clock

The 79% Work Clock chimes to alert employees of the persistent pay gap in the U.S.

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Finding a Familiar Shore

Wandering along New York’s waterfronts helped me adjust to life in the city.

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At Home Among the Stacks

How seeking out used bookstores helped me find my way through unfamiliar cities.

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Tiny Treehouses for Your Houseplants

An artist creates whimsical worlds for apartment flora.

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This Is What Your Dessert Options Will Look Like if Pollinators Go Extinct

A diminished Whole Foods aisle shows just how sad our world would look without bee and butterfly populations.

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Introducing a Slim Water Bottle to Reduce Consumer Waste

It fits easily in a laptop bag or pants pocket.

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A New Perspective on 'Ethnic' Urban Restaurants

A recent book examines food and cuisine through the experiences of the people who produce it.

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What the 'Freedom' of a Car Means to Me in a City Where Everyone Drives

Compared to the subway I was used to, driving in Seattle was freeing—but it was also lonely.

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This Plucky Little Strawberry Illustrates the Food Waste Crisis

A new PSA follows fruit from field to trash can.

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Turns Out, Growing Weed Is Really Bad for the Environment

The plants use up tons of water and dirty fossil fuels.

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Tour the 'World's Most Stunning Restrooms'

Here’s the guidebook intrepid travelers never knew they needed.

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Scamper Up the New Bouldering Wall Beneath the Brooklyn Bridge

The largest outdoor bouldering facility in North America is open for business—and part of a national trend of fusing recreation and public health.

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How a Simple Graphic Poster Takes a Stand Against Islamophobia

Signs bearing the message “Refugees Are Welcome Here” have sprung up in cities across the country.