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Dear AIA: Please Acknowledge Us When We're Alive

An architect makes a plea for fixing her field’s stubborn diversity gap.

Rebecca Cook/Reuters

Don't Dismiss the Early Signs of a Turnaround in Detroit

The Motor City faces monumental challenges, but it’s too often criticized for its glimmers of hope.

"Get Out"

The Horror of 'Get Out' Is Everywhere

You can take the horror film out of the city and out of the suburbs, and racism for black people will still be scary.

The Youth Culture of Cairo

Cairo Youth Protest Urban Dysfunction With Hip Hop

A short documentary shows how warehouse dance parties, rooftop pop-and-lock sessions, and motorcycle stunts help young Egyptians reclaim neglected spaces.

Reuters

What's Behind Declining Transit Ridership Nationwide?

Pick a culprit: The rise of ride-hailing services, budget cuts, cheap oil, or bad service.

Susan Walsh/AP

Why Deadly Chemicals May Linger in Cities Under the EPA's New Administrator

Scott Pruitt remains unconvinced of the dangers of asbestos.

Carlo Allegri/Reuters

To Live and Die in Margaritaville

Behold the first dad-rock-branded retirement city.

Tammy Webber/AP

Chicago Braces for an Austerity Double Whammy

The state of Illinois and the Trump administration are both mulling potentially draconian budget cuts.

Peter Nicholls/Reuters

What Can London's Mayor Actually Do for the City?

Despite his high profile and ambitious agenda, Sadiq Khan holds one of Britain’s least understood offices.

Anthony DelRosario

The Sign Painters of New Orleans

A distinctive local tradition is kept alive by a handful of mostly older black artists.

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The Stubborn Problem of Ageism in Hiring

When older adults expect to encounter age discrimination, it can set off a cycle that leads to long-term unemployment.

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What's Behind San Francisco's Plague of Flies?

A brief history of the California city’s hopeless battle against invasive insects.

Judi Bottoni/AP

Saving NoLa's Favorite Mardi Gras Cocktail From Extinction

No one knows why Ojen became so popular in the city, but it has long been the party liqueur of choice.

Nick David and Jack Flynn

How Carnival Dancers Prepare to Hit the Street

This short film profiles a troupe getting ready to boogie in Hackney.

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In California's Commuter Rail Drama, Nobody's a Winner

Except, ironically, proponents of high-speed rail, the likely target of a major federal grant delay.

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What Police and Poor Communities Really Think of Each Other

People in high-crime neighborhoods are willing to partner with law enforcement, new research shows—but they’re wary of how they’ll be treated.

Stanza

DIY Your Own City Symphony With This Database of Urban Noise

The London artist Stanza has been crowdsourcing sounds from various cities since the ‘90s and wants people to use them for personal projects.

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Do You Want to Be the Mall of America's Writer-in-Residence?

The massive shopping center, to celebrate its 25th anniversary, wants to bring on an artist—to write in the mall, about the mall, and for the mall.