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Why the Cities of Science Fiction Feel So Familiar: #Best Cityreads of the Week

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

How Twitter Maps Can Be Useful During Disasters

They may not provide comprehensive information, but they can help save lives.

What You Should Really Do After a Food Recall

(Hint: When in doubt, throw it out.)

Remembering the Omni, the Arena That Helped Revitalize Downtown Atlanta

It became an outdated and leaky facility rather quickly, but it also brought Atlantans and a wave of redevelopment back to the urban core.

Indiana Drivers Paid $4.8 Million in NYC Parking Tickets Last Year

And other sad parking tales told by open data.

The 'Water Empress' of Las Vegas Delivers a Lesson in Conservation Ethics

Patricia Mulroy lays out your moral obligation to save water in a new video.

Is Your Open Office a Nightmare? The Dream of the Supercubicle Is Still Alive

The 'Brody' is an effort to reclaim workplace privacy while preserving collaboration—and enhancing comfort and function for the modern office-dweller.

In One Upper East Side Bakery, a Victory for Labor Rights

The documentary "The Hand That Feeds" is a humanizing portrait of one battle in the wage war.

This Pencil-Thin Tower Sets a New Bar for Skinny High-Rises

An upcoming residential tower on 44th Street in Manhattan is only 47 feet wide. Can super-slender in-fill projects help NYC's housing squeeze?

In 2025, IKEA Thinks Your Kitchen Will Include Drones

Innovations and prototypes from IKEA's Concept Kitchen 2025, on view in Milan.

Celebrating New York Landmarks, Both Saved and Lost

An illuminating new exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York focuses on the legacy of historic preservation.

Capturing the Creation of a Huge, Immigration-Themed Art Project in NYC

This time-lapse video details how a French artist installed a massive street portrait of an immigrant pedestrian for the New York Times Magazine.

What Sweden and Japan Can Teach the U.S. About Its Aging Workforce

The global population is getting older. What can countries do?

A Monthly Guide to Peak Tornado Season in America

Where and when you'll normally encounter the most violent twisters—mapped.

How to Tell If Infrastructure Is for Exercise

For everyone wondering whether the bus is a good place for burpees.

It's About Time New York Solved Its Trash Problem

The city produces a massive amount of waste, none of which is managed very efficiently.

What Does It Mean When Police Unions Denounce Protestors as 'Lynch Mobs'?

Lynch mobs served as de jure law enforcement for decades in a South defined by its lack of due process for African Americans. The term speaks volumes about the current dynamic between police and a distrustful public.

5 Subway Lines New York Hasn't Built But Should

A transit wish list for wealthier times.

Will Cape Cod Privatize Its Emergency Mental Healthcare System?

The Massachusetts region has four times the suicide rate of the rest of the state. Would a privately run system help or hurt?