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The Devastating Link Between Wildfire and Sprawl

Suburban development along forest fringes puts people directly at risk—and contributes to climate change.

Robert Galbraith/Reuters

The Case Against 'Ethical Landlording'

A San Francisco woman sold her home cheap to a buyer vowing to protect the neighborhood’s character. But the neighborhood needs to change.


Will Ousting Chicago's Police Chief Change Its Culture of Violence?

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel claims he’s addressing police failures in the killing of Laquan McDonald. But real change will require more than just cleaning house.

Max Roberts

Mapping Chicago's Subway in the Style of Frank Lloyd Wright

Great for finding your way to the architect’s many Windy City projects.

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Living Near a Transit Line Might Be Good for Your Mental Health

A new study finds a link between bus or rail access and fewer antidepressants in older residents of Turin, Italy.

Rudy Balasko / Andrey_Kuzmin / Shutterstock / Zak Bickel / The Atlantic

The High-Stakes Race to Rid the World of Human Drivers

The competition is fierce, the key players are billionaires, but the path—and even the destination—remains uncertain.

Charles Platiau/REUTERS

The World's Quaintest Ghost Town Is Just Outside Paris

“This incredible place—the old town of Goussainville—is a thorn in everybody’s foot.”

Dylan Martinez / Reuters

Fat-Shaming on the London Underground

The cards Overweight Haters Ltd. is handing out to passengers on the Tube aren’t just cruel; they’re ineffective.

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.

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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.