The Modern Urbanist's Guide to Life


Want a Quick Email Response?

You should probably email a teenager on a weekday morning, a new study suggests.


How Much Does Your Neighbor Earn?

A new app gathers data you’re too polite to ask about.


Why You're Paying More ATM Fees—and Where

Sorry, Atlanta.

Kimberly Vardeman/Flickr

Folks Are Paying 20 Bucks for Bundles of Leaves

It’s peak fall, and people are going nuts over foliage.


How Not to Ruin the Laundromat for Everyone

To start, don’t toss anyone’s clean skivvies on the floor.

New York City Health Department

Why the City of New York Wants to Talk to You About IUDs

NYC’s “Maybe the IUD” campaign aims to redress decades of misinformation about the contraceptive.

Kim Kyung Hoon/Reuters

Don't You Wish You Were Wearing a Plantenna?

Don’t be silly! Try on a flower fascinator.


I Love Wrigley Field, But as a Wheelchair User, I Sure Wish It Was Easier to Navigate

How using a wheelchair changed my view of one of my favorite Chicago traditions.


Track Your Carbon Footprint in Real Time

Designers are working on a way to monitor your environmental impact via a wearable device.

Fanny Chu

25 Tasty Japanese Snacks

Other than ramen.

Dymitr Malcew

These Office Pods Are Inspired by Tree Houses

Hide from your co-workers in cozy comfort.

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Your Next Fare Card Won't Fit in Your Wallet

Wearable payment devices like wristbands and rings could streamline your daily commute.

AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo

How to Prepare for a Hurricane

What you need to know in case Hurricane Joaquin makes landfall.


Vancouver Wants to Share an Umbrella With You

A very neighborly Canadian solution for that out-of-nowhere downpour.


An Ethical Smartphone You Can Fix Yourself

Worker welfare is built into the modular Fairphone.

Ken Kawamoto

This Dripping, Foggy Box Predicts Tomorrow's Weather

The desktop Tempescope mimics storms and lightning by flashing, dripping, and fogging.

George Grantham Bain Collection/Library of Congress

A Brief History of the Coffee Break

We’ve been guzzling joe at work for more than a century.

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Cue Up a Water Conservation Playlist

The tracks are timed to keep your showers under five minutes.

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How to Hook Up in Public

Where you can (and where you really shouldn’t) get handsy.

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'Ze' or 'They'? A Guide to Using Gender-Neutral Pronouns

Rule No. 1: Don’t assume you know someone’s gender just by looking at them.