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Confronting Climate Change in an Alaskan Village: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

Garrett Miller/Eric Fischer at Mapbox

Mapping the Paths Most Traveled

What we can learn from where people walk, run, and ride their bicycles.

Isaac Kasamani

In Kampala, an App for Motorcycle-Sharing

SafeBoda's backers want to streamline Kampala's motorcycle taxi industry and foster a culture of road safety.

Reuters/Carlo Allegri

The Cops vs. the Mayor: Bill de Blasio's Big Headache

Can the liberal NYC mayor mend fences with increasingly hostile police leadership just as he needs the force to handle protests against bad policing?

Reuters/Charles Platiau

Paris Wants to Keep Central Neighborhoods From Becoming 'Ghettos for the Rich'

The French capital has announced a plan to stop housing displacement in gentrifying neighborhoods. It might be the most radical proposal Europe has seen.

Reuters/China Daily

Here's Where All Those Cheap Santa Hats and Plastic Snowmen Come From

A massive amount of holiday-related merchandise is produced in the Chinese city of Yiwu.

Michael Pederson

A Sydney Artist's Playful Street Signs Interrupt the Mundane

"I would like the viewer to reorient themselves and think about the space they inhabit with others," says Michael Pederson.

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Where Can Singaporeans Relax? At the Comedy Club

In a city-state that's wary of talk about race and religion, a burgeoning stand-up scene offers a welcome respite.

AP/Mohammed Ballas

The Link Between Religious Diversity and Economic Development

Economic success may be tied to the fact that not all of your neighbors are celebrating the same winter holiday as you.

Leah Thompson

Inside China's 'Back to the Land' Movement

At the same time China is rapidly urbanizing, a new documentary explores how some former city-dwellers are trying to revitalize the countryside.

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The Chart That Toppled San Diego's Long-Term Transportation Plan

And could strengthen climate policies in California cities for years to come.

Flickr/Sebastiaan ter Burg

Should Cities Give Hackathons Another Look to Improve Digital Infrastructure?

A 36-hour coding session in Boston recently helped revamp the city's permit system.

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Are Velodromes the Future of City Sports, or the Past?

Philly may take a chance on building a type of cycling arena that was immensely popular at the turn of the century, then all but abandoned.

A Look Back at the Questionable, Dog-Powered 'Poochmobile'

One of the least-likely rides of the 1930s relied on a German Shepherd trapped in a big hamster wheel.

Frank Mullin

A Providence Library Becomes a Sort of Secular Church

Athenaeums—membership libraries—might seem like fusty relics of the 19th century. But the Providence Athenaeum has become a lively center for intellectual engagement.

Phaidon/Hans Eijkelboom

20 Years of Street Photography Shows Just How Boring We All Are

Dutch photographer Hans Eijkelboom captures the universal anti-style of pedestrians around the world.

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When Chicago Tortured

The Second City is still grappling with a long history of police brutality.

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Surprise! The Rich Are Now Richer Than Everyone Else By the Widest Margin Since We Started Keeping Track

Wealth among high-income households is growing, while the middle-class is stuck in the 1990s.

Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach

Why It's Time for South Africa to Take Down Its Walls

High security walls surround many middle-class homes in the country's suburbs, but they may actually increase violent crime.