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The Forgotten History of L.A.'s Failed Freeway Revolt

The story of Boyle Heights reminds us that urban highway teardowns don't always end in victory.

The Remote Warehouse Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government repository reveals a global industry of plant and animal trafficking.

Saving Sam the Record Man's Giant Spinning Discs

A huge flashing sign from a shuttered record store in Toronto gets a new home after a lengthy preservation battle.

Geography Plays a Role in Whether People Believe in Climate Change

Those who live near the coast are more likely to think climate change is real.

Wealthy New Yorkers Can't Afford to Move

People leave the city for many reasons. But the richest don't stray far.

The Brooklyn Bridge Has Always Been a Magnet for Mystery

First a grand piano showed up underneath it, then two white flags appeared on top of it. Why does the Brooklyn Bridge attract so many enigmas?

Where Does Discarded Clothing Go?

Americans send 10.5 million tons of clothing to landfills every year. Can for-profit recycling companies turn those rags into riches?

Asia's Richest Man Is Building Hong Kong Apartments Barely Bigger Than a Prison Cell

At $250,000, these 200-square-foot studios are among Hong Kong's most affordable.

Why Are All These Legos Washing Up on the Beach?

A rogue wave and a lot of plastic octopi shed light on the workings of ocean currents.

Restaurants Really Can Determine the Fate of Cities and Neighborhoods

A new survey shows how much food influences the vibrance of urban centers. 

The Rooftop Homes of Cairo's Racing Pigeons

Pigeon breeding has a long and rich history in the region, dating back 4,000 years.

More Evidence There Is No 'Pause' in Global Warming

Despite what skeptics claim, the earth is on track for even hotter days ahead.

The Extraordinary Future of Shoes

Knitted footwear technology is poised to enhance sustainability and walkability alike.

With Its New Master Plan, São Paulo Takes Aim at Gated Towers

The effort to curb street life-killing building designs could have a lasting impact on the city's culture. 

A New Site Allows You to Pay a Detroit Resident's Water Bill

Turn On Detroit's Water matches donors with Detroiters who are under water on their water bills.

What's Behind the Backlash to Houston's 'One Bin for All' Program

The city is forging ahead with an unprecedented single-bin combined waste collection and recycling plan. But it may want to reconsider ditching tried-and-true methods.

Seals Are Drawn to Offshore Wind Farms

Some swim around the turbines in a grid fashion, probably hunting for prey.

Testing a No-Cellphone Sidewalk Lane

A new National Geographic TV series captures pedestrians navigating—and ignoring—signs indicating a cell-free zone. 

The Atlanta Transit Agency's Big Plan to Convert Parking Lots into Housing

MARTA sees real estate as a gateway to better train and bus service.