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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.

77 Ways to Design the Letter 'M'

Mass transit agencies around the world face the same conundrum: How to make what amounts to four straight lines distinctive.

Why America Should Stop Building Youth Jails

The tragic story of Kalief Browder is instructive, and we should take away some important lessons about incarcerating teens.

Unlocking the Potential in Toronto's Suburban Highrises

The Tower Renewal project combines green retrofits with an ambitious rezoning plan. Will it be enough?

Mapping the Surge in L.A.'s Homelessness Epidemic

Across L.A. County, more people are living on the streets today than in recent years.

Brace Yourself for More Intense Rains and Floods

New research reveals the changing nature of storms.

Helsinki's Wi-Fi Is Super Fast, City-Wide—and Free

It will make the Wi-Fi you pay for at home look sluggish.

Housing Through the Centuries

From painted caves to 3-D printed houses.

Troubled Waters in McKinney, Texas

The history of the American swimming pool is a story of racial exclusion.

The Jersey Shore Sees the Return of the Blob

Everyone’s favorite algal bloom slimes it up in the Atlantic.

How Maps and Apps Create a Sense of Place: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

Introducing the Anti-Smartphone

Sacrifice distractions, not style.

The SCOTUS Case That Could Weaken Representation for Urban Latinos

Should voting-district lines be drawn based on the number of people living there or the number of voters? The answer will influence how urban communities are truly represented.

NIMBYism Is a Huge Drag on America's Economic Growth

Housing-supply constraints in three cities—New York, San Francisco, and San Jose—add up to a loss of more than 10 percent of U.S. GDP.

The Tyranny of Freebies

Why are we so willing to queue up for free things that are already cheap to begin with?

Local Governments Will Need Support for Election Reforms

Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has called for mandatory voter registration and early voting. True change will require more resources for local elections offices.

The Biggest U.S. Population Gains Are In Drought-Stricken Counties

Smart planning will be crucial to sustainable growth.

Caption the Lives of These Unwitting London Pedestrians

A new digital art exhibit, Exhausting a Crowd, is a people-watcher’s dream.

How an Indian City Emerged From a Plague and Became a Public Health Leader

Surat today is a model for how cities can stay one step ahead of disease.