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Japan Wants a $90 Billion Floating Train for Commuters Who May Not Exist

The line would connect Tokyo and Osaka, two urban centers heading into dramatic population decline. 

Eric Jaffe

The Geographic Legacy of 'Seinfeld'

A digital reality tour of five classic New York locations still here, and five since gone.

Why Every City Needs a Labyrinth

The architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group built a giant maze in Washington, D.C. Cities everywhere should get one.

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Whale Poop Might Help Fight Climate Change

Biologists say the majestic swimmers' "pump" mechanism filters the oceans of carbon.

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For the Traveling Foodie, Here Is Sushi Luggage

Please note that these nigiri-themed suitcases are not edible.

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London Is Gambling Away Opportunities for Post-Recession Recovery

Local councils have no power to regulate how many betting shops pop up or where, and the numbers have gotten out of hand.

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The Difficulties of Reviving a Ghost Town: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

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D.C.'s Fanciest Micro-Housing Project Is Meant for Millennials

The Patterson House, a historic mansion in the District of Columbia, is being converted into very small units for young one-percenters. 

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Become Instantly Addicted to This Google Maps Geography Trivia Game

 "Smarty Pins” uses miles as a scoring system—run out and you’re done.

Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee

The Louisiana Town Devoured By Climate Change

Families have lived on Isle de Jean Charles for generations. Within two years, it will probably be underwater. 

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How Cash-Strapped Towns Are Saving Fourth of July Fireworks

Independence Day celebrations are an economic boost for communities. And with budgets tight, there are several ways towns can avoid canceling their shows.

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Google’s Street View Cameras Are Touring Museums and Taking Selfies

Art galleries have a lot of mirrors, and the robots are snapping oddly compelling pics of themselves in front of them.

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A New Database Aims to Keep Los Angeles from Forgetting Itself

SurveyLA is using a pilot version of special software to document the city's historic architecture. Yes, L.A. has some of that.

Henning Rogge

The Haunting Beauty of Germany's WWII Bomb Craters

A New York art exhibit explores the scars war left on the landscape.

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ZIP Codes of the Super Rich

Ten percent of ZIP codes in the San Jose metro have median home values of more than $2 million.

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Give Me Bike-Share Reciprocity or Give Me Bike Racks

The more cities that adopt bike-share systems, the plainer the need for coordination between them.

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We Need to Think Bigger About Transit-Oriented Development

The growing popularity of bike-share represents a shift toward embracing shared-transport networks. But there's a much larger picture to consider.

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This Exercise App Tracks Trends on How We Move In Different Cities

The developers of Human have complied user data into stunning visualizations that show how and where we get around.

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Brazil Made Big Environmental Promises for the World Cup and the Rio Olympics. Here's Why It Won't Keep Them.

Sustainability is a necessary buzzword for any mega-event, but reality often falls far short.