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Kim Kyung Hoon / REUTERS

Is Innovation to Blame for Inequality?

The evidence suggests innovation does contribute to the wealth of the one percent—but it also increases social mobility.

Sean Gardner / AP

The Startup That's Restoring Louisiana's Coast

Two scientists believe their method of planting cypress and tupelo trees—in special rodent-resistant pods—can revive the region’s disappearing marshes.

Oman Muotoinen Koti Facebook

This Helsinki Suburb Is Offering Millennials Cheap Rent to Live in a Senior Center

The youth get a housing deal, the elderly get companionship—it’s win-win.

Flickr / Milton Jung

Brazil's Garbage Pickers Get a Funky Makeover for Their Carts

An important step toward visibility for some of Brazil’s most important—but unappreciated—workers.

Jun Hao Ong/Urban Xchange

Malaysia's Giant Shooting Star Sculpture Is Trapped in a Building

The immense, glowing artwork is meant to bring life to an industrial neighborhood.

Newcastle University

A Most Unusual Way of Preventing Litter

Researchers say images of angry, watching eyes reduce littering by as much as two-thirds.

Daniel Owen/The Gazette via AP

The Planned Parenthood Shooting Prompted the Colorado Police Union to Attack 'Black Lives Matter'

A statement attacked a “national lie rooted in the Michael Brown incident,” among other non sequiturs.

AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza

‘People Next Door Have Been Attacked’

A Muslim woman who lives in America witnessed the Paris terrorist attacks from a nearby restaurant. She reflects on those harrowing hours, and the Islamophobia that’s followed.

Jay LaPrete/AP

The Housing Boom Is Not a Bubble

A housing bubble brought on the Great Recession, but the current boom may not be a prelude to another. Yet.

AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani

Will the Paris Talks Lead to Climate 'Reparations' for Poor Countries?

COP21’s success hinges on an agreement between the haves and have-nots.


A Tiny Town in South Dakota Is Back on the Market

The tale of Swett shows both the risk and appeal of being your own mayor.


A Toronto Subway Station Gets Its Old Tiles Back, for Now


Daniel Aguilar / REUTERS

Mexico City Looks to Gondolas to Relieve Traffic Congestion

Gliding at 15 km per hour, the proposed elevated transportation system could be a lower cost option in many corridors.

AP Photo/Francois Mori

What to Expect at the Paris Climate Talks

Fairness, finances, and local action will all play a part in the COP21 talks.

Karla Mckechnie

Bad Drivers Are Forcing an English Town to Paint Its Ponies

Reflective paint is part of the latest plan to save the animals’ lives.

Texas Department of Transportation via Kinder Institute

How the Fight Against Urban Renewal Shaped 1970s Houston

A case study in local infrastructure, racial inequality, and civic activism.

Patricio Gonzalez Vivo

This Map Tracks the Satellites Whizzing Over Your House

Zoom out to watch them all orbit Earth at once.

Kurt Bauschardt / Flickr

Why Laws Banning Cyclists From Wearing Headphones Miss the Point

They may actually work against city goals to encourage more riding.