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Portland Debuts Rain-Themed 'Creative Crosswalks'

It’s not just being weird this time—there’s a safety value to the new crossings.

A Giant Horde of Bees Visits a British Beer Garden

There were “thousands and thousands and thousands.”

Finding Happiness in Creative Destruction

A new study finds that people living in the midst of disruptive technological change may be happier and more optimistic than you think.

The Latest Trend in Manhattan: Blocky Buildings

A new Bjarke Ingels design for 2 World Trade Center rounds out the complex with hard edges that still blend in.  

Where There's Still a Middle Class

A new tool reveals cities in which the gap between the highest and lowest earners is smallest.

The Nap Parlor of Your Dreams

Why head out for a coffee run when you could snooze with a bunch of strangers?

Every Film Shoot in New York, Mapped

Metrocosm plotted film permit data across the five boroughs.

D.C.'s Polluted Rivers Are Getting a Green Makeover

But will all residents reap the same benefits?

How Poverty Alters the Young Brain

New research reveals a strong connection between income and the surface area of several key neural regions.

The Peculiar Inequality of Singapore's Famed Public Housing

Most residents of the city-state live in tidy, subsidized highrises. Unless, of course, you happen to be one of the foreign workers who helped build them.

How Art Creates a Calmer Commute

A new exhibition at New York City’s Society of Illustrators displays sanity-saving transit art.

In the Sharing Economy, No One's an Employee

Such jobs may offer flexibility and other benefits, but traditional legal protections for workers aren't part of the package.

How Seattle Is Changing the Definition of Garbage

New rules make it mandatory for residents to set aside their organic waste—and they’re working.

This Guy Invented a Cordless Drill-Powered Skateboard

Use a simple Black & Decker to scoot along for miles—or install drywall, your choice.

A New Grocery Store Debuts a Smart Model to Combat Food Insecurity

The key: Making use of food that would otherwise be destined for the dumpster.

How Much Money U.S. Transit Systems Lose Per Trip, in 1 Chart

Shocker: dense, compact cities tend to do better than others.

The Scholastic Consequences of Chicago’s Lead Paint Problem

A recent study of kids in the city finds links between exposure and failure on standardized tests. How is this still happening?

It's Shockingly Common for New Yorkers to Blow Through Red Lights

A new study finds that one in 10 drivers do it.

Race, the Supreme Court, and the McKinney Pool

A pending case will decide whether suburbs far beyond Texas can use income to bar poor, black residents from more than just their pools.