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The People You Meet On the Greyhound: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

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Berlin's Public Refrigerators Were Just Declared a Health Hazard

They’re part of a larger German movement to reduce food waste, but inspectors recently found “unhygienic conditions.”

AP Photo/Molly Rile

Why It's So Disturbingly Common for Water Regulation to Fail

What happened in Flint reflects an environmental bureaucracy too easily tripped up by local politics.

REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Report: The U.S. Will Restore Commercial Flights to Cuba

But there are still loads of restrictions in place for potential travelers.

Reuters / Steve Marcus

California's Solar Dominance, In One Graph

New government data show how the Golden State compares to the rest of the country—and it’s not even close.


Travel Back to the Future of Rail With This Classic '70s Train Film

Cybernetica shows off outdated technology but offers a message that's still relevant today.


One Slovenian Town's Big New Tourist Attraction: A Beer Fountain

Zalec is well-known for its hops. Now it wants to be known for dispensing them like water.

The Life and Death of Local Institutions

Amid threats of closure, mainstays like Carnegie Deli in New York and the Kingfish in Oakland feel like essential parts of a city's culture.

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Can Baltimore Pull Off Its $700 Million Makeover Without Displacing Residents?

A group of fair housing advocates have created a blueprint for how it could be done.

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A Case for Homeless Shelter Networks as Basic Infrastructure

D.C.’s promising new plan would equitably distribute such facilities across the city and serve more residents.

Reuters/Damir Sagolj

Donating Your Selfies to Science

Researchers are tapping into photo-sharing platforms like Instagram to analyze everything from air pollution to street design.

Lauren McCarthy

The Creepiest 'Social Network' Ever Is Just Some Woman Following You Around All Day

“Follower” offers the unique experience of being obsessively spied upon.

Flickr/Håkan Dahlström

The Case Against Drive-Throughs

Minneapolis is thinking about nixing these consumer-friendly byways. More cities should follow suit.

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Keeping the Memory of Manhattan's 'Little Syria' Alive

Community activists are trying to preserve what’s left of the old New York neighborhood, and to memorialize what’s gone.

AP Photo / Jim Mone

The Community Solar Industry Gets a Voice of Its Own

A new national organization will push to make it easier to get solar power when it can’t go on your own roof.

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A Secret Bedroom Was Just Discovered in the Berlin Subway

The source of the photos leaked to the media remains a mystery.

REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Urbanization Is a Major Driver of the Zika Virus

And slum dwellers are suffering the consequences.


Wild Photos from the Early Days of Urban Zoos

The Wildlife Conservation Society will archive and preserve over 12,000 photos from the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium.