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11 Reasons the UN Should Make Cities the Focus of Its Forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals

Cities stand at the very center of each and every one of the biggest challenges the world now faces. 

How Mississippi Businesses Are Fighting a New LGBT Discrimination Law

"If you're buying, we're selling."

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Salt Lake City's Secret to Escaping the Recession

With the LDS Church's financing of a huge downtown development, "in Salt Lake, the cranes kept moving," says Mayor Ralph Becker.

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Portland to Flush Reservoir After Teen Uses It as a Toilet

"Our customers don't anticipate drinking water that's been contaminated by some yahoo who decided to pee into a reservoir."

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The Ol' Sleeping Bicycle Gets a Modern Update

It may look like a big baby carriage, but this unusual trike doubles as a great place to snooze.

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The U.S. Could Get More and More Super-Freezing Winters

The eastern part, anyway; in the West it will be hotter and drier, predict scientists.

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Why UberX Will Win in the End

Transportation network companies mirror early 20th century jitneys — except this time they'll survive.

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This Catchy Anti-Public Defecation PSA Stars a Dancing Pile of Poo

"Take poo to the loo."

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What Happened to Skywriting?

How skywriting rose and fell, and why its instagrammability may lead to a resurgence.

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The Polar Vortex Is to Blame for This Year's Brutal Allergy Season

Those cold snaps helped spawn an intense outbreak of pollen.

Revisiting the Work of One of America's Best Postwar Photographers

Some of Garry Winogrand's most compelling images of New York, L.A., and Albuquerque.

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These 8 Depressing Bike Theft Statistics Show Just How Bad the Problem Is

A survey of Montreal riders finds that half of all active cyclists have their bikes stolen, and only 2.4 percent are recovered.

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Why Your Neighbors Will Finance Solar Panels for Your Roof

A California start-up is letting anyone invest in loans to let homeowners go solar.

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London's Bike-Share Program Unwittingly Revealed Its Cyclists' Movements for the World to See

When open data is too open.

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Why Did This Guy Think a Confetti 'Bomb' at the Boston Marathon Site Was a Good Idea?

Dumb, dumb, dumb.

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Is There Such a Thing as a 'Feminine' Way to Ride a Bike?

Women cyclists share their stories. 

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For Masochists, Here's Some Hops-Flavored Soda

All the hops, none of the alcohol – who couldn't love that combo?

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How Disney Imagined the American Highway of the Future, 50 Years Ago

A delightful throwback.

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People of Color Are Disproportionately Hurt by Air Pollution

New York and Philadelphia top the list of urban areas with great gaps in pollution exposure between whites and non-whites.