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This Year's Super Bowl Has a Particularly Embarrassing Neighbor

Chris Christie described it as "the ugliest damn building" in the state, "and maybe America."

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How One Conservative Mayor Sold His Suburban Community on a More Urban Future

The GOP leader of Mesa, Arizona, championed a new property tax; loves mass transit; and lured liberal-arts colleges to his city. Can these moves propel him to higher office in a red state?

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Brazil Faces Another Round of Anti-World Cup Demonstrations

Over 2,000 people marched through the streets of São Paulo this weekend.

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There Are No Gay People in Sochi, Says the Mayor of Sochi

"I am not sure, but I don't bloody know them."

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How the Republican Plan for Immigration Reform Repeats the Mistakes of the Drug War

The SAFE Act could lead to overcrowded prisons and misplaced law enforcement priorities.

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Why Chicago Wants to Turn a Struggling Neighborhood Into a National Park

Officials want to turn Pullman, America's first company town, into a historic hotspot for tourists. Will they come?

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In Madrid, Street Performers Worry They'll Be Regulated Out of Existence

New rules limiting busking have not gone over well at all with the city's struggling arts community.

Protests in Kiev Turn Deadly

At least two people have been killed in violent clashes between Ukrainian police and pro-Europe protesters.

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Why Didn't New Jersey Mayors Stand Up to Chris Christie?

The best way to stop a bully is to speak out, but disappointingly, officials waited until the governor was vulnerable to air their complaints.

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Hating Paris Is So Hot Right Now

The world's most beautiful city just keeps getting attacked in the English language press.

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Why Free Sunday Parking Is a Bad Deal for Everyone

Weekend meter fees can reduce circling time, help local businesses, and generate money for transit.

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The Urban Legacy of Amiri Baraka

The controversial poet and playwright's work in Newark still offers inspiration to those who would speak truth to local power.

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The World's Fight Against Polio, in 1 GIF

India is almost "polio-free."

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The Map That Reveals 5,900 Natural Gas Leaks Under Washington, D.C.

Researchers say a dozen of them are bad enough to cause explosions.

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The Polar Vortex Returns Next Week

And it could be even worse than last time.

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Rolezinhos: The Flash Mobs Currently Freaking Out Brazilian Authorities

Low-income youth have been gathering in São Paulo shopping malls to chant lyrics from a music genre called funk da ostentaçã o.

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China's Pollution Problem Is Also a Food Safety Crisis

Eight million acres of Chinese farmland is so contaminated that it's now closed to farming.

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Plans For a Bike-Friendly Boulevard Are Met With Anger, Protests in Spain

Outcry over irresponsible spending on a beautification project have led to 40 arrests in the city of Burgos already.

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The Decline of the Family-Friendly City

In our rush to promote high-density urbanism, we may have inadvertently created zones that are inhospitable to people with kids.