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10 Years Later, Here Are the Remains of Athens' Olympic Games

A look at the aging symbols of Greece's pre-crisis spending.

How Man-Made Earthquakes Are Changing the Seismic Landscape

Scientists say fracking is part of why Oklahoma now rivals California in quake activity.

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Atomic Tests Were a Tourist Draw in 1950s Las Vegas

Nevada's nuclear-bomb testing spawned a spectator culture tinged with both profound fear and Sin City delight.

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How Vancouver Became One of North America's Most Family-Friendly Cities

It took very concerted policy efforts going back to the early 1990s.

Public Bathrooms Are Gender Battlegrounds, Mostly Due to Terrible Signage

Well-designed, simple signs can solve real problems for gender-nonconforming people while diffusing political noise. 

The Evolution of Slang

For a century and a half, The New York Times has been earnestly—and hilariously—defining the evolving language of cities. 

Amsterdam's Weird Culture War

Conservatives want to power-wash the city of its intrinsic character—which includes pot shops and sex shows, but also a uniquely Dutch balance.

Toledo's Water Is Now Safe to Drink, but the Causes Behind Its Toxicity Linger

After a weekend ban, 400,00 residents can safely turn their faucets back on. But the Great Lakes as a water source are still in bad shape. 

Colorado Cities Fight State and Industry Reps for Resident Input on Fracking

Locals say one-size-fits-all regulation won't work across the diverse, resource-rich state.

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Where the Great Recession Made Inequality Worse

The most dramatic increases were not in the usual places. 

The Tornado That Didn't Wreck Enough to Warrant Federal Aid

A Massachusetts city is denied FEMA assistance after being blindsided by a twister that did major damage—but not quite enough.

Colorado Made 'Intelligent Decisions' on Its Rollout of Legal Marijuana

New data shows that seed-to-sale tracking and other tight controls have made the state's legal-weed transition a success.

Strong Mayor, Weak Mayor, No Mayor—In Terms of Policy, It May Not Matter Much

Efforts to reform municipal governance systems have little impact on actual policies, researchers say. 

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15 Maps That Don't Explain the Middle East at All

The region as it never was, could have been, and sort of is. 

China Is Ending Its Skewed 'Hukou' Public-Aid System, but That Won't Help the Rural Poor

The two-tiered assistance plan has long put rural recipients at a disadvantage, and touted changes may actually enforce inequality in benefits.

Rating Humanity's Response to Detroit's Water Crisis

The good, the symbolic, and the ugly.

What Congress Should Be Talking About When It Talks About a National Transportation Plan

There's a worthy federal infrastructure program staring America right in the face: broadband.

Combating Street Harassment With a Simple, 'You OK, Sis?'

A writer and activist suggests a powerful way to fight back against street harassment—by supporting victims in real time and online.

America's Booming Pay-to-Stay Visa Program Still Has Tons of Room to Grow

A once-obscure program that provides permanent resident status in exchange for foreign investment in troubled places is starting to pay dividends in some U.S. cities.