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A Brief History of Subway Etiquette Campaigns

We’ve always been pretty bad at being nice in transit.

Mairie de Paris

A High-Stakes Contest to 'Reinvent' Paris Fails to Impress

At least one local newspaper is questioning the city’s influence over a major architectural design competition.

U.S. Drought Monitor

In the Western U.S., the Next Drought Is Always Around the Corner

Even if El Niño ends the region’s current dry spell.

Joey Sanchez/Blue Tile Project

The Fight to Save Houston's Overlooked Street Signs

Joey Sanchez thinks the city’s heritage lives well below eye level.

The Atlantic

Is Miami Beach Doomed?

The city could be underwater within the century.

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Why Food Trucks Locate Where They Do

Five big takeaways from a unique new study.

Subspotting

A Lovely Map of Phone Reception in the New York Subway

Its creators probed the MTA’s 660 miles of track with a prototype data logger.

NASA

Mumbai's Massive Trash Fire Highlights Its Inequality

The city’s most privileged residents are largely shielded from the environmental hazards that plague those living on the outskirts.

Flickr/Tom Hilton

Living Among the Dead in San Francisco's 'City of Souls': Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

How to Stay Calm on Public Transit

Even in a crisis, it doesn’t pay to freak out.

Chong Wen Tong

This Solar-Powered Streetlight Also Zaps Mosquitoes

See ya, suckers.

Russell Lee/Library of Congress

The Psychological Upside of Becoming a Regular at a Bar

Asking for “the usual, please” might actually be good for you.

Reuters/Carlos Barria

How Smog Is Putting a Damper on Chinese New Year

The festivities will be a bit quieter this year as cities put restrictions on the long-held tradition of setting off fireworks.

Benton Murdoch Spruance/The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

The Art of the Crowd

A new exhibition explores how the masses of 20th-century America pushed artists in new directions.

AP/Ric Feld

More Research Shows Voter ID Laws Hurt Minorities

Black and Latino voters are “increasingly losing their place in the democratic process.”

Infosys

Look Out, London: India Is Building Its Own Big Ben

The world’s tallest free-standing clock tower will go up in the southern Indian city of Mysore.

Mayor Eric Garcetti

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti 'Slow Jams' a Freeway Closure, and It's Pretty Great

“The 101 Freeway east of downtown will take a break for 40 hours of R&R ... and R&B.”

AP Photo/Charlie Riede

The Host City Always Loses the Super Bowl

Historically the event has hurt local taxpayers and the poor, and Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco is shaping up to be no different.