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The Travesty of Transit in Brazil's Megacity: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

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Here's What's Really Ruining Austin (and It's Not SXSW)

It's not the tourists; it's the locals. There are just too many now—and no plan for handling them all.

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The Politics of Disaster at Los Angeles' St. Francis Dam

In 1928, more than 400 people were killed in a massive dam break in L.A. County—and the tragedy is barely recognized. That might finally be changing.

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San Francisco Considers Outlawing Chewing Tobacco at Sports Arenas

The law would ban major league baseball players, and spectators, from enjoying one of the sport's oldest traditions.

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Moscow Offers 'Husband Rentals' for Helpless Russian Women

"You're a beautiful woman with a killer manicure that was done only yesterday." How will you ever change a light bulb?

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Why It's So Dangerous That Florida's Governor Banned the Term 'Climate Change'

Rick Scott's censorship of environmental officials courts disaster for a state at tremendous risk.

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The Battle for L.A.'s Future May Depend on Skid Row: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

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Copenhagen Wants to Rebrand Part of Sweden 'Greater Copenhagen'

The Swedish city of Malmö says it is doing just fine on its own, thanks.

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How to Solve the Diversity Problem at NYC's Elite Public Schools

Hint: Their test-only admissions policy isn’t the real issue.

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Marijuana Is Now Legal in D.C., But New Restrictive Rules Force Smokers to Stay Home

Smoking is outlawed in all public spaces, including inside private clubs, bars, hotels, and restaurants.

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The Department of Justice Is Asking Ferguson To Do the Impossible

Ferguson needs to drastically revise its court system. But how is a city supported by predatory court fees supposed to fund reform?

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The DOJ Report on Ferguson Is Damning, and It's Just the Beginning

A 6-month investigation into the Ferguson Police Department shows grave violations of constitutional and civil rights. But residents face even deeper problems.

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How Boycotts Hurt the Cities They Are Supposed to Help

Boycotts can be effective, but they need to reflect the demography, economy, and culture of the regions they target.

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Why Africa's Booming Cities Need More Autonomy in Urban Planning

The continent is embarking on an urban revolution, and African cities are right to want a seat at the table.

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A New Campaign Takes Aim at New York's Growing Chain Stores

#SaveNYC was inspired by a similar effort to help local businesses in London, but it also has detractors.

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John Oliver's Solution to America's Infrastructure Crisis

On the latest episode of Last Week Tonight, the host suggests Hollywood might be able to help.

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This Aspiring Urban Planner Is Making Waves in Florida

Most 15-year-olds don’t spend their spare time studying walkability and public housing. Dylan Gentile is not most 15-year-olds.

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Why Don't Convenience Stores Sell Better Food?

New programs aim to put more produce in corner stores in order to improve the health of low-income communities. Will it work?

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Why London Should Stop Trying to Be New York and Start Trying to Be Paris

The U.K. capital doesn't need a transatlantic role model. It actually has a far more relevant one closer to home.