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Gentrification and the Persistence of Poor Minority Neighborhoods

A new study finds that neighborhoods that are more than 40 percent black are far less likely to gentrify.

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How Outdated Parking Laws Price Families Out of the City

Bundling parking with living space structurally raises the cost of urban life.

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Why Airline Maps All Look the Same

Since we're not the ones navigating, do we really need geographically accurate diagrams?

Lauren Quock

Public Bathrooms Are Gender Battlegrounds, Mostly Due to Terrible Signage

Well-designed, simple signs can solve real problems for gender-nonconforming people while diffusing political noise. 

This House Listed for Sale in Detroit Looks Pretty Haunted

Detroit's Neighbors Wanted program is showing signs of success in turning around the city's vacant homes—some of which are more un-neighborly than others.

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Long Live the Moped, the Scrappy King of Indian Roads

As souped-up scooters and small motorcycles flood the nation's two-wheeler market, the humble moped remains a resilient option for city transport.

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How Much Do Hurricanes Hurt the Economy?

Climate-change researchers say the idea that weather disasters can improve infrastructure through "creative destruction" is a myth, and project that future storms may run the planet nearly $10 trillion.

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The Ideal Commute Is Not Actually No Commute

It's normal for people to want a little time to detach from the workplace.

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The Evolution of Slang

For a century and a half, The New York Times has been earnestly—and hilariously—defining the evolving language of cities. 

Matt Stroud

When 'Right-Sizing' Vacant Properties Goes Wrong

In Clarksburg, West Virginia, a seemingly successful move to demolish disused buildings and free up land has landlords crying foul. 

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The Drought-Ravaged West Sprouts a Massive Pyrocumulus

This stunning cloud was caused by updrafts from wildfires.

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Too Lazy to Unlock Your Phone? Try This 'Digital Tattoo'

Press your phone against this creepy skin patch instead of fumbling with that pesky code.

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3D Editing of 2D Photos. Yeah, It's Possible

Computer engineers have created software that could make it impossible to tell if photos are real. 

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Happy 100th Birthday to the World's First Patented Electric Traffic Light

A design based on James Hoge's creation debuted in Cleveland on August 5, 1914.

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Many Renters Could Afford Mortgages, But Can't Afford Homes

Bridging the gap between young renters and first-time home buyers is a challenge made more difficult by corporations paying for homes in cash.

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Amsterdam's Weird Culture War

Conservatives want to power-wash the city of its intrinsic character—which includes pot shops and sex shows, but also a uniquely Dutch balance.

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One Way for Californians to Conserve Water: Paint Your Dead Lawns Green

As the Golden State's worst drought on record rages on, a niche industry emerges.

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Why Are Americans so Suspicious of Self-Driving Cars?

Attitudes about autonomous vehicles are positive in the UK and Australia. But in the U.S., people are more paranoid. 

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'Ubiquitous As Pigeons': Imagining Life in the City of Drones

An online installation asks us to accept an all-but-certain future of drones in cities, and to rethink our relationship to them.