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The Gentrification of Sitcoms

How the future ‘Living Single’ reboot can reclaim the urban narrative ‘Friends’ ran off with.

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Can We Bring Back Riskier Playgrounds?

Until the 1980s, playgrounds were spaces of adventure and art.

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What Made Coffeehouse Culture Go Boom?

A not-exactly-empirical analysis of how the cafe became a trademark of almost every city neighborhood.

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Suburbia at a Crossroads in '20th Century Women'

The new film portrays 1979 as a moment when Americans might have gone down a different path.

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Curating Symbols of a Country in Turmoil

Museums and libraries are collecting ephemera that encapsulates social upheaval.

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Using Tinder in Your Hometown Is Like Visiting an Alternate Reality

Surfing the app on a trip back home can be a way of imagining what life would be like if you never left.

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The Wearable Tech That Could Save Babies' Lives in India

A startup debuted a bracelet to protect newborns from hypothermia.

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Super Mario Just Moved to NYC

In the video game ‘Super Mario Odyssey,’ he’s ready to leap around the Big Mushroom.

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The Hidden Fences of August Wilson's Birthplace

The structures both define and devalue a fabled Pittsburgh neighborhood.

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The Guatemalan Towns Plastered With Icons of America

When workers emigrate to the U.S., the regions they leave behind often adopt identities that straddle borders.

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The Phone Booth for Japanese Mourners

On the outskirts of Otsuchi, a town battered by the 2011 tsunami, a rotary phone is a gathering place for people to recall loved ones lost.

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How Teachers Learn to Discuss Racism

Urban-education programs prepare them for imperative contemporary conversations with students.

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A Globetrotting Filmmaker, Seeking Answers About Our Urban Future

Oscar Boyson’s documentary is a jet-setting look at problems and solutions in cities centers across the world.

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A Flip-Book Tour of New York City

This short film paints an intimate portrait in less than two minutes.

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What Kids Can Learn From Urban Planning

In some schools, “design thinking” has become a buzzword emphasizing critical thinking and problem solving.

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Finding Joy in Urban Winters

The Danish concept of hygge, or coziness, offers a blueprint.

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The Case for the Commons

Private property is a relatively new invention. What’s the future of sharing stuff and services?

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Understanding Cities Through Urban Gastronomy

“Activating the City,” a new exhibition in Seoul, looks at how the distribution and consumption of food shapes urban areas across the globe.

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The Chicago Chefs Making Fancy Cuisine Approachable

Saturday night dinners at El Ideas include a handful of bone-marrow breadcrumbs.