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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.

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.