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What Happens When a Local Restaurant Gets Famous?

For a little Vietnamese pho shop in Seattle, home to a three-liter noodle bowl, popularity was a boon and a headache.

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Epic Boondoggles, Ranked

It’s not the Big Dig or the Second Avenue Subway. America’s biggest infrastructure quagmires are much, much larger than that.

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Ride Angry

The best thing about bicycle commuting is the rage.

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How to Uproot a 'Tree of Death'

Predictive tools can now track how a single shooting incident triggers a lethal cascade of gunshot violence—and predict who will be targeted next.

Rebecca Cook/Reuters

Is Detroit Really Making a Comeback?

Though it is back from the brink of bankruptcy, the city’s reality isn’t as rosy as the popular narrative suggests.

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The Cities That Have Risen From Ruins

Whether they’ve been leveled by wars or earthquakes, cities don’t tend to stay wastelands forever.

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What Squatting Can Teach Us About Wasted Space

In an era of extreme housing precariousness, a new book looks at the history of a radical alternative.

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The Private Lives of Vacant Homes

An art installation celebrates the spirit of boarded-up blocks of Baltimore and Japan.

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The Moral Baggage of 'Wastelands'

“An act of transforming the wasteland is seen as a redemptive activity that’s going to save the individual, the society, and the nation.”

David Ryder/AP

Could Gang Affiliation Be Used to Round Up DACA Recipients?

Immigration rights advocates fear that gang membership will be an easy way to criminalize whole groups of people.

Grasshopper Film

The Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise of Inner Mongolia

Zhao Liang’s latest film, Behemoth provides a ring-side seat to the effects of rapid development, commerce, and pollution in this autonomous region of China.

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Wastelands Reborn

Turning around abandoned urban spaces sometimes just takes a little imagination.

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How Charlotte's Nasty Early 1900s Politics Paved the Way for a Century of Segregation

During the late 19th century, blacks and whites in the South lived closer together than they do today.

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Using Algorithms To Predict Gentrification

Data analysts are trying to give community development advocates the tools they need to fight displacement and economic decline.

Dave Kaup/Reuters

When the Machines Take Our Jobs, Will We Be Freed?

MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson on the automated future of work.

Dominique Perrault Architecture

Paris's Grand Plans to Make a Tourist Hotspot More Appealing to Locals

The Île de la Cité has no excuse to be boring.

James Corner Field Operations

The Wild Comeback Of New York's Legendary Landfill

At Freshkills Park, where the city dumped 150 million tons of its garbage, human desires and nature’s needs are feeling their way to a new harmony.

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To House the Homeless, Berkeley Considers Stackable 'Microunits'

The city wants to erect a tower made of stacked, prefab 160-square-foot apartments.