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Paris Wants Landlords to Turn Vacant Office Space Into Apartments—Or Else

The city has a surplus of empty commercial buildings that could better serve as residences. And it plans to fine owners who don't convert.

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Why Higher Fares Would Be Good for Public Transit

If transit is really to thrive in the United States, agencies need to reconsider their reliance on taxpayer subsidies.

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In Denmark, Immigrant Birds May Have To Pay Their Own Way

As climate change causes animal species to make big geographic moves, deciding what is and isn't "native" could get tricky—especially when it comes to conservation funding. 

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Detroit Still Shouldn't Sell Its Art

Auctioning off Detroit's art collection would reduce the city's debt, not its suffering. Residents shouldn't go for it, even as the price climbs.

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Navigating the Future of the L.A. River, by Kayak

An unusual trip down the city's long-dormant waterway hints at an exciting, if complicated, rebirth. 

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Agent Orange Ingredient Could Soon Be Used to Kill Superweeds

Dow Chemical is pushing an herbicide that contains a component used as a weapon in the Vietnam War.

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In 1914, Baltimore Wanted You to Know It Was the Best City Ever

A digitally preserved program from the city's Star Spangled Banner centennial festivities boasts about an unparalleled new sewer system, among other amenities.

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Transportation Projects Don't Need to Take as Long as They Do

Using "lean" concepts, urban mobility can evolve as rapidly as iPhone apps.

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Hey, Congress, Oregon Has Your Long-Term Highway Funding Solution Right Here

The state has released a brief policy history of its pay-per-mile program.

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Cleveland Finally Wins Something: The 2016 Republican Convention

Hosting the event might not do much for the party or the city.

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Transit Projects Are About to Get Much, Much Easier in California

The state's push to end car-first street planning could ripple across the country.

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Barcelona Debates Turning an Abandoned Bullring into a Mosque

Many European cities have managed to restrict large worship spaces for Muslims, and this plan is also likely to be controversial.

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We Are Making Ebola Outbreaks Worse by Cutting Down Forests

The deadly virus has already claimed almost 500 lives across West Africa this year, and deforestation could cause that number to keep climbing. 

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London Is Gambling Away Opportunities for Post-Recession Recovery

Local councils have no power to regulate how many betting shops pop up or where, and the numbers have gotten out of hand.

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The Difficulties of Reviving a Ghost Town: 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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How Cash-Strapped Towns Are Saving Fourth of July Fireworks

Independence Day celebrations are an economic boost for communities. And with budgets tight, there are several ways towns can avoid canceling their shows.

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Brazil Made Big Environmental Promises for the World Cup and the Rio Olympics. Here's Why It Won't Keep Them.

Sustainability is a necessary buzzword for any mega-event, but reality often falls far short.

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5 Lessons U.S. Transit Systems Should Learn from London

At the top of the list: Get people on board with annual fare increases.

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How to Build Community Spirit Through Public Nudity

And other civics lessons from Reykjavík's unconventional former mayor.