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A New Twist in Guerrilla Bike Lanes: Toilet Plungers

Wichita’s likely first DIY protected lane involves items commonly wielded by plumbers.

Courtesy Joe Bochynski

The NYC Artist Excavating 'Alternative Facts'

Joe Bochynski’s fake archaeology challenges viewers to figure out what’s believable and what’s not.

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An Animated Soviet Guide to Building Block Housing

A cartoon from a romcom uses humor to criticize formulaic apartment construction under Brezhnev.

Alex Brandon/AP

Trump's Wall Is Moving Forward Now, But It's Still Impossible

The government seeks contractors for design prototypes of a border wall with Mexico, a project that’s (probably!) still a pipe dream.

Kacper Pempel/Reuters

A Playbook for How Cities Should Share and Protect Data

A detailed guide from Harvard helps governments protect residents’ personal information in open-data initiatives.

Cabrini Green and Chicago's Public Housing Disaster

A documentary filmed over the course of 20 years tells the story of a disenfranchised community pushed out of their homes.

Reuters/Denis Balibouse

Can Florida's First Needle Exchange Help Curb HIV?

The state leads the nation in new diagnoses, and close to six percent are attributed to injection-drug users sharing used or infected needles.

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Amsterdam Is Flooding, On Purpose

Widened canals—and underground bike parking—will bring the city’s Central Station a little closer to nature and history.

Jonathan Bachman/Reuters

Navigating New Orleans During Mardi Gras

Road closures and parade-related barricades make the Crescent City’s Carnival season an urban traffic challenge.

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Playgrounds Designed for Everyone

Inclusive playgrounds accommodate kids with disabilities, fostering fun and compassion for all.

Mike Segar/Reuters

Why Millions of Americans Never Finish College

Across the country, the same hurdles keep students from obtaining degrees, often putting middle-class jobs with good wages out of reach.

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Dear AIA: Please Acknowledge Us When We're Alive

An architect makes a plea for fixing her field’s stubborn diversity gap.

Rebecca Cook/Reuters

Don't Dismiss the Early Signs of a Turnaround in Detroit

The Motor City faces monumental challenges, but it’s too often criticized for its glimmers of hope.

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The Horror of 'Get Out' Is Everywhere

You can take the horror film out of the city and out of the suburbs, and racism for black people will still be scary.

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Cairo Youth Protest Urban Dysfunction With Hip Hop

A short documentary shows how warehouse dance parties, rooftop pop-and-lock sessions, and motorcycle stunts help young Egyptians reclaim neglected spaces.

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What's Behind Declining Transit Ridership Nationwide?

Pick a culprit: The rise of ride-hailing services, budget cuts, cheap oil, or bad service.

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Why Deadly Chemicals May Linger in Cities Under the EPA's New Administrator

Scott Pruitt remains unconvinced of the dangers of asbestos.

Carlo Allegri/Reuters

To Live and Die in Margaritaville

Behold the first dad-rock-branded retirement city.