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Tagging Along With the L.A. Bicycle Crew for Women of Color

A documentary about the Ovarian Psycos is coming soon to PBS.

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Do You Know Who Needs Your Subway Seat?

New etiquette campaigns aim to lessen the stresses of commuting with chronic health conditions that may not be immediately visible to fellow riders.

Jim Young/Reuters

Suburban Sprawl Stole Your Kids' Sleep

Why does school start so early? Blame 1970s planning.

Andrew Small/CItyLab

We Rode an Ikea Bike

There’s some assembly required for the Swedish company’s new commuter bicycle, Sladda. Can it handle the rigors of the American city?

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What's Better Exercise: Biking or Walking?

CityLab investigated this workout showdown.

Courtesy of Martin Roemers

Photographing the Souls of Megacities

This photographer embarked on a quest to commemorate the human sides of 22 bustling cities.

Toru Takahashi/AP

Japan's School Lunch Program Puts Others to Shame

The country ensures lunch is delicious, healthy, and part of the curriculum.

Meet the Slam Poets of Istanbul

“We are here with the city and for the city.”

Tiffany Chen

Refugees Around the Table

A new campaign is hosting dinner parties around the world to build communities and strengthen networks.

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The Problem With 'Kong'

The latest big gorilla romp is full of spectacle and explosions, but it’s missing something very important.

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An Artist Swapped 'If You See Something, Say Something' Subway Posters With Pleas for Civic Engagement

“It’s a call to be vigilant everywhere.”

Ammar Awad/Reuters

Banksy's New Hotel Highlights a City Under Occupation

The street artist’s latest installation, The Walled Off Hotel, sits just 13 feet from Israel’s separation barrier in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Reuters/Gary Hershom

What Can Our Bones Reveal About Urbanization?

The archeologist and author Brenna Hassett explains how cities shaped our skeletons.

Courtesy of Micheal Flanagan/The Urban Conga

The Play Area Bringing Music and Light to New Orleans's Lower Ninth

A design firm worked with residents of the Katrina-ravaged neighborhood to create a rare play space for kids and families.    

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This Is Your Brain on Nature

Urban green space is a balm for all sorts of stuff. In a new book, The Nature Fix, Florence Williams makes the case for why we should all be spending more time outside.

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When St. Patrick's Day Revelry Overwhelms a Neighborhood

An influx of partygoers presents tricky logistical questions for enclaves that see their numbers swell.

Reuters/Kamenco Pajic

How the Chili Dog Transcended America's Divisions

The national dish is really a fusion of immigrant fare.

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Sense and the City

How did 18th-century urban dwellers make sense of their loud and stinky worlds? Historian Carolyn Purnell explains.

Ed Grazda/Museum of the City of New York

Muslims of New York

A new photography exhibit shows that being Muslim and being American are not mutually exclusive.