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The Modern Urbanist's Guide to Life

(Nicola Urban, Tolmezzo, Italy)

Tiny Libraries, Big Ideas

A design challenge asked architects, book enthusiasts, and doodlers to rethink the little free library.

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What Happens When a Local Restaurant Gets Famous?

For a little Vietnamese pho shop in Seattle, home to a three-liter noodle bowl, popularity was a boon and a headache.

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The Private Lives of Vacant Homes

An art installation celebrates the spirit of boarded-up blocks of Baltimore and Japan.

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What a Refugee Chef Wants You to Know About the 'Day Without Immigrants'

Ryan McCaskey, the chef and proprietor at Chicago’s Michelin-starred Acadia restaurant, was evacuated from Vietnam as a toddler. Here’s why he shut down his restaurant in support of immigrant workers.

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The Personal Lives of Forgotten Trinkets

A photographer explores the emotional connections of mementos that change hands at Dallas estate sales.

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Here Are the Gerrymandering Valentine's Cards You Need Right Now

Map enthusiast Blair Thornburgh is so fascinated by redistricting that she whipped up some love letters to democracy.

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How to Observe Your City

A new book offers a toolkit to help urbanites look closely and carefully.

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Palestine's 'Speed Sisters' Are a Driving Force

The documentary about the Middle East’s first all-female race car driving team reveals the realities of life in the cities of the West Bank.

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Why the 'Planet Earth II' Episode on Cities Is So Startling

The new installment of the BBC show gives us a glimpse of our strange future.

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What It's Really Like to Live in a 'Dorm for Adults'

I live in a “hacker house,” but I’m not a tech bro. Here’s why it’s not so crazy to share a home with 17 roommates.

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More Data, Better Dining?

Damian Mogavero, a consultant, argues that analytics can help restaurants stick around.

Kfir Bolotin/City of Tel Aviv

The City Obsessed With Dogs Made an App Just for Them

It was only a matter of time before a canine-friendly app sprung up Tel Aviv.

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The Great British Vegetable Crisis

Extreme weather has caused British vegetable shortages—but is the real problem an unsustainable food system?

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Politics on the Plate

In a divisive climate, restaurants across the U.S. are dishing up a serving of activism.

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This Is What Happens When Silicon Valley Takes on the Burger

The vegan patty is now in restaurants in three U.S. cities, and it could be the next step in nudging die-hard meat fans toward more sustainable fare.

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One Lucky Couple Is Going to Get Married on a Megabus

The company announced a competition for a free ceremony on one of its 80-seaters.

Jacob Hodgkinson

Meet the Chicanos of Japan

This short film explores one of the lesser-known subcultures thriving in Tokyo and Osaka.

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How a Restaurant in Cyprus Is Bridging the Country's Divide

The Home Café brings Turkish and Greek Cypriots together for food and understanding.

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Finding Common Ground in the Subways of the World

Life Underground filmmaker Hervé Cohen travels to more than a dozen cities looking for the most powerful stories from commuters.