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Springfield, Illinois, Has Given the Keys to the City to Cobra Commander

The leader of the nefarious "terrorist organization" now holds a U.S. capital city in his leather-begloved hands. Here's what you need to know.

Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society

The Politics of Disaster at Los Angeles' St. Francis Dam

In 1928, more than 400 people were killed in a massive dam break in L.A. County—and the tragedy is barely recognized. That might finally be changing.

Reuters/Heino Kalis

One of Spain's Infamous Ghost Airports Finally Comes to Life

Some good news for the Spanish economy.

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Why Some U.K. Cities Thrive While Others Decline

An intriguing new report looks at long-term economic trends in metros across Britain.

Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko

Finland, Home of the $103,000 Speeding Ticket

Most of Scandinavia determines fines based on income. Could such a system work in the U.S.?

Reuters/James Lawler Duggan

What Do Americans Prioritize When Picking a Place to Live?

According to a new poll, economic mobility and diversity are key components of a good city or town.

AP Photo/Don Ryan

We (Almost) Have the Technology to Predict Potholes

Researchers in the U.K. are developing software that would allow cities to identify damaged roadways earlier.  

Quartz/Cassie Webber

A Run-Down Welsh City Plans to Power Its Homes by Harnessing the Tides

A plan is underway in Swansea to construct the first power station in the world based on a man-made tidal lagoon.

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This Bluetooth-Enabled U-Lock Shrieks at Bike Thieves

The smart lock's piercing alarm can draw attention from 150 feet away.

Hawaii (Yes, Hawaii) Gets Hit by a Blizzard

Palm trees, black sand, snow, ice, freezing fog—wait, what?

SsD Architecture + Urbanism

This Award-Winning Micro-Housing Design Is Inspired by Bubble Tea

A new building of ultra-tiny apartments in Seoul will enforce neighborliness as residents navigate shared spaces "like the ambiguous gel around a tapioca pearl."

Raleigh D'Adamo and Reka Komoli

A Lost Design for a NYC Subway Map, Rediscovered

In 1964, R. Raleigh D'Adamo won a contest to design a better diagram for the New York subway. Now he's teamed up with a graphic designer to bring it back to life.

Courtesy of Maria Möller

In New Orleans, Reviving the Memory of a Forgotten Chinatown

An artist commemorates the city's now-extinct Chinese business district.

AP Photo/Ben Margot

San Francisco Considers Outlawing Chewing Tobacco at Sports Arenas

The law would ban major league baseball players, and spectators, from enjoying one of the sport's oldest traditions.

Tom Explores Los Angeles

A Day in the Life of an L.A. Graffiti Buster

Larry, a 20-year crew member of L.A.'s graffiti removal team, will never be out of a job.

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New York's Hugely Successful Late-Night Delivery Truck Program Is Heading to D.C.

More and more cities are realizing the benefits of off-hour deliveries.

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How Do Americans Feel About Where They Live?

The most recent Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor poll asked Americans to assess the cities and towns they call home.

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The Case Against Giant Traffic Robots

The towering figures are an eye-catching distraction from a lack of infrastructure planning in the Democratic Republic of Congo's ever-growing capital.

Courtesy of Farmigo

Beyond Farmers Markets: The Future of Local Food in America

As farmers markets fall from grace, tech-friendly food distributors are stepping in to meet the demand for locally-sourced products.