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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.

2015 Could Be the New Hottest Year on Record

El Niño might “push the needle on global temperature” toward unprecedented warmth, says NOAA.

What's Causing Baltimore's Crime Spike?

As activists blame cops, police blame prosecutors, and the commissioner blames drugs, citizens are left to deal with the consequences.

How to Measure Summer in Your City

Designers in Vienna created sensors for BBQ smoke, sunscreen, and other telltale signs of the season.

There's a New Ride-Hailing Feature for Deaf Drivers

But some services have faced allegations of passenger discrimination in the past.

We Still Basically Have No Idea What Happened With the Amtrak 188 Derailment

Most notably: whether or not the engineer was using his cell phone.

How Municipal ID Cards Make Cities More Inclusive

They’re sensitive to gender identity as well as immigration status.

Tear Down Buildings by Famous Architects on the High Line

Artist Olafur Eliasson called on 10 top architecture firms to create scaled-down structures with Legos—which viewers are free to pick apart.