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What Life Is Like on the Micronation of Sealand: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

LAWF

A Transit-Themed World's Fair May Be Coming to Los Angeles

A group of architects, engineers, and venture capitalists are pushing for it. There are obvious problems—and a not-so-obvious benefit.

Sean Gardner/Reuters

Black Girls Matter, and Schools Are Letting Them Down

Specialized support for young black men in schools is necessary, but young black women face their own distinct challenges.

Minnesota DOT

How Lindström Got Its Dots Back

Thanks to some sweeping government action, umlauts have returned to highway signs for this Minnesota town.

Texas Central Railway

Meet the Opposition to Texas High-Speed Rail

Don't mess with their roads.

REUTERS/Larry Downing

Syphilis Is Surging, and U.S. Public Health Officials Aren't Sure Why

The sexually transmitted infection is easy to treat but can be difficult to detect.

A. Bitterman

A Vacant House That Should Become Public Art

A Kansas City artist wants to swap out a famous sculpture for a run-down home at the city's major museum.

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Brookings

Using Legos to Explain Taxes and Economic Inequality

A playful way to understand a complicated problem.   

Passportindex.org

Passports, Ranked by 'Power'

Browse the world's passports by color, country, and most crucially, how many countries citizens can travel to without a visa.

Reuters/Mike Blake

Why the South Has Far Fewer Breweries Than the Rest of the U.S.

What do you get when you mix corporate interest with religiously motivated temperance? A whole lot of Budweiser.

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Reinventing Times Square, Again: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

Provencher_Roy

The Baseball Stadium Montreal Never Built

A downtown site once held the promise of keeping the Expos in "la belle province."

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The Troublesome Connection Between City Trees and Income Inequality

A new study finds a strong correlation between income level and canopy cover. But the solution involves more than just planting additional trees.

Reuters/Mike Hutchings

In Cape Town, Students Topple a Relic of Apartheid

After a month of protests and sit-ins, a statue of a white imperialist has finally been removed from South Africa's leading university.

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Downtown Athens Isn't Dead, But It Could Still Use a Revamp

The city center, which isn't in great condition, is about to undergo a major transformation. Will people miss the way it is now?

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Above Average

What Your Upstairs Neighbors Are Really Doing

Are they assembling furniture? Bowling? Partying on a weeknight? A new video reveals the truth.

REUTERS/Jim Young

What Rahm Emanuel's Win Means for the Left

The Chicago Mayor secured a second term Tuesday, but grassroots progressives in the Windy City still see opportunity. Are they right?

SeeClickFix

Why L.A.'s $1.4 Billion Sidewalk Repair Case Is Such a Big Deal

Los Angeles isn't the only jurisdiction that's been forced to confront its sidewalk problems by disability-rights advocates, and it won't be the last.

Maps

An Extremely Detailed Geography of Climate Change Beliefs

Who's most worried about global warming in America?