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Manuel Rosell

This Furniture Is Made for Bike Storage

Hang with your bike off the road, too.


Artists Hack 600 Paris Billboards With Climate Messages for COP21

A public apology from Volkswagen: “We’re sorry that we got caught.”

Reagan Ray

Austin, Illustrated

Reagan Ray is illustrating 100 of his favorite Austin signs—many for establishments that are no longer with us.

Thomson Reuters Foundation

An Architect's Investigation Into Urban Warfare

A research project made in response to the growing amount of civilian conflicts taking place in cities.

Pavel Smirnov/Özcan İpar

A Harrowing Climb Up Turkey's Tallest Bridge

Their stomachs must be lined with titanium.

AP Photo/Akira Suemori

How Small Businesses Hustle to Attract Holiday Shoppers

Shops use sleigh rides and treats to entice customers on Small Business Saturday.

Racheal Grazias/

How to Turn New York Into a Christmas Wonderland: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

Paula Zuccotti

A Day in the Life, in Objects

Designer Paula Zuccotti asked 62 people from around the world to record every item they touched in a single day.


The Tent City Next Door

Last week, officials announced they would shut down a large homeless encampment across the street from CityLab’s D.C. office. Where all those residents will end up is still unclear.

Florian / Flickr

No, U.S. Driving Has Not Hit an All-Time High

At least not if you take population growth into account.

REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Talking to Coffee Shop Strangers Isn't the Worst Thing

With wi-fi freeloaders draining the bottom line, café owners try out creative approaches to get customers to stick around.

AP Photo

China Is Absolutely Destroying the U.S. on Clean Energy

Over the last year, the majority of global investment in clean energy projects was spent in developing countries.

British Library / Wikimedia

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.

Jim Young / Reuters

Police Video Is Never Enough

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

Dan Breckwoldt /

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.

Elvert Barnes/Flickr

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.

Keyframe Visuals

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.