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America Stole Our Right to Walk: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

5 Ways That Black Women Suffered Due To Katrina

A new report examines how black women living in public housing were affected by Katrina and during the recovery.

A Musical Tribute to Louisiana's Lost Coast

A new data viz, set to a brass band score, tracks 78 years of the state’s submergence.

Treat Yourself To a Piece of a Chicago L Station

Friday night, sip some Green Line Pale Ale and place a bid on your favorite pieces of the old Madison and Wabash station.

Which Cities Hate Tourists the Most?

A tweet-based comparison.

A History of New Orleans Public Housing, Through No Limit and Ca$h Money Music Videos

What was public housing like in New Orleans before Katrina? Videos from the city’s hip-hop scene tell the tale.

Yes, Your Sidewalk Etiquette Could Be Better

A primer on the rules of the pedestrian road.

This Tactile Map of Burning Man Is Awesome, No Matter Your Level of Sight

Jaded haters of the Burn, this innovative map might just change your mind.

Learning to Live in Amsterdam by Learning to Ride Bikes

The director of a moving new documentary, Mama Agatha, talks about immigration, identity, and hope.

They're Making a Musical Out of Burning Man

Nudity, shrooms, the worship of “decommodification”—it’s all here in song.

Here's How Often New Yorkers Pay Full Price For Illegal Cigarettes

A study finds that 15 percent of packs sold over the counter bear illegal tax stamps. Even for nonsmokers, that’s a lot of dollars lost.

The New Rules of Smartphone Etiquette

A Pew study reveals growing consensus—and points of contention—in the do’s and don’ts of cellphone use.

The Surprising Link Between Skin Color, Gender, and Immigrant Employment

Age-old stereotypes interact in complex ways when new arrivals look for jobs.

A Look at the Painstaking, Intricate Art of Globemaking

There are only a few dedicated artisanal globemakers left in the world—and there’s good reason for that.

Future Jails May Look and Function More Like Colleges

A look at the push to design correctional facilities for rehabilitation rather than punishment.

'Manspreading': Now Taking Up Space in the Oxford English Dictionary

It’s no longer just a subway horror.

America’s Great Infrastructure Stagnation

The entire system of fixing old roads and rails and financing new ones is breaking down—just ask Boston.

The Geography of Pop Music Superstars

Three cities have dominated over time: New York, London, and L.A.

How Tech Helps Guide the Blind

New developments in accessible technology have made it easier than ever for the visually-impaired to connect.