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The Berlin Wall Is Everywhere

A quarter century after its removal, sections of the infamous concrete barrier have found new homes all over the world.

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What Guy Fawkes Day Looked Like in Cities Around the World

Bonfires and masks for everyone's favorite anarchist.

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Put Down the Traps and Guns—Coyotes Will Outsmart Them Every Time

A growing number of coyotes are pressuring cities to act aggressively, but hunting them can actually encourage larger populations.

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25 Years After the Wall, Overall, Berlin Is a Happy City

A new survey reveals optimistic attitudes across Germany's capital, though there are still distinct differences between Easterners and Westerners.

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The City That Gave Its Residents $3 Million

Vallejo, California, residents were initially psyched to spend tax dollars on their pet projects. But things haven't turned out as they had hoped.

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This Year's Minimum Wage Initiatives Fell Way Short

Four red states passed referendums on higher minimum wages Tuesday, but it's not enough.

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How Transit Measures Fared on 2014 Midterm Ballots

It wasn't a great night, but it was far from a total loss.

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The Biggest 2014 Election Losers: Marijuana Prohibitionists

The fortunes of political parties wax and wane, whereas the movement to legalize cannabis won key victories Tuesday that portend a generational shift in drug policy.

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The Superheroes Will Need to Save Themselves

Officials hope to tiptoe around First Amendment rights to regulate costumed characters in places like Times Square or Hollywood Boulevard. Elmo and Spidey's best bet? Get organized.

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Mayor Accused of Disappearing Students in Mexico Has Been Caught

Despite the successful arrest of the abduction's alleged mastermind, the crisis has reminded the nation of an uglier past.

In Richmond, California, It's Chevron's $3 Million Versus a Green Slate

Why pouring money into a mid-size city's mayoral election could be the best investment the mulitnational energy corporation has ever made.

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Psycholitics: The Science of Why You Vote the Way You Do

Voter choices are swayed by things much more obtuse than actual information.

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How Tech Is Getting Young Voters to Turn Out for Election Day

This hasn’t been the most exciting election season. But a mobile and online push is helping get youth out to polls.

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Will New Yorkers Warm Up to a New 25-Mile-Per-Hour Speed Limit?

As NYC makes serious changes to reduce pedestrian traffic deaths, some New Yorkers resist out of romance for the city's chaotic streets.

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The Economic Case for a National Per-Mile Driving Fee

It could generate more revenue than we know what to do with—not a bad problem to have.

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As Boomers Age, Walkable Cities Become More Important

Millennials and older Americans agree on city accessibility, and the lobbying powerhouse of the AARP is emerging as a key advocate.

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Could Free Public Transit Get Americans to Voting Booths?

Barely half of American voters are turning out at the polls. Could free transit engage communities?

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Legal Weed Is Expected to Pass in D.C.—How Many Ways Can Congress Interfere?

This Election Day brings another high-profile chance for District voters to have their voices ignored.

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Tracing the Scattered Pieces of the Berlin Wall: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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