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How Railroad History Shaped Internet History

It’s no accident that Iowa, where the first transcontinental railroad began, is now home to a huge data-center industry.

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Police Video Is Never Enough

Would body cameras have made justice speedier for Laquan McDonald? Not without new laws.

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Why I Decided to Live on a Houseboat in London

As rents soar and technology makes life onboard easier, more Londoners like me are taking up residence on the city’s canals.

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The Connection Between Vibrant Neighborhoods and Economic Growth

A new study of high-growth firms in Greater Washington, D.C., highlights the role of community in a thriving economy.

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London's Proposed New Pedestrian-Cyclist Bridge Is Shockingly Sensible

The price is reasonable, the design is practical, and the link is one the city genuinely needs.

Laura Bliss

Greece's Roadside Shrines Remind Drivers to Take It Slow

These elaborate mini-chapels abound on twisty highways off the mainland.

Andy Woodruff

The Maps That Prove the Daylight Saving Cycle Is Ruining Our Lives

Cold, dark winter afternoons are horrible.

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The Secret History of Your City's Christmas Tree

Some have traveled from the Great White North, others are annually unearthed from the back of a semi-truck.

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The Case for Calling Brutalism 'Heroic' Instead

A conversation with the creators of Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston, which explores the city’s remarkable urban renewal legacy.

For the Love of the Force

Superfans Are Building a Giant 'Star Wars' Universe in Manchester

Take a tour of Jabba the Hutt’s palace, a life-size X-wing, and that weird cantina full of kloo horn-playing musicians.


The Sound of Heavy Traffic Might Take a Toll on Mental Health

A robust new study strengthens the link between loud traffic noise and depression.


There's Actually a Lot of Data Available on Chicago Police Misconduct

The killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald is just one, if exceptionally tragic, incident among many in recent years.

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The Unlikely Home of the World's Next Tallest Skyscraper

The Bride of the Gulf will spring from the site of the Iraq War’s first major battle.

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5 Black Lives Matter Protestors Were Shot in Minneapolis on Monday

Police are searching for three white suspects, and say that none of the injuries are life-threatening.

Eric Risberg / Reuters

How Zoning Laws Exacerbate Inequality

Such laws aren’t just a headache for developers, economists believe. They’re bad for (nearly) everyone.

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A Locked-Down Brussels Debates Whether to Stay Alert or Carry On

The city is fighting both terrorists at home and a fading image abroad.

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Mapping America's Fight Against Excess City Parking

It’s gaining ground—from Seattle to Miami.

Don Richards

Don't Believe the Hype About Selfie Rat

It just doesn’t add up.