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Why So Many of London's Historic Theaters Are in Bad Physical Shape

The ceiling collapse at the Apollo is a sad reminder of the sorry state of West End infrastructure.

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The Case for Trash Cans as Art

When there's no other arts funding in sight, there's always the municipal waste budget.

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Definitive Evidence That L.A.'s New Light Rail Line Reduces Driving

A carefully controlled study of the Expo line shows that vehicles miles dropped 40 percent.

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Will This Tiny Tool Stop Teens From Texting While Driving?

At the very least, it gives parents god-like knowledge of their teen's driving habits. 

Minneapolis Real Estate Agents Are Highly Amused by the Defacing of their Ads

In a weird Multiplicity-esque project, an artist is changing realtors' bus-stop advertisements to feature his own face.

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Why Cities Can't Win in State Government

Big-city delegates have a tough time getting their way in state legislatures.

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The Forgotten History of How Cities Almost Killed the Common Squirrel

At last, historians have charted the great "squirrel experiments" of the 1800s, which saved the humble creature from urban extinction.

The Health Risks of Small Apartments

Living in tiny spaces can cause psychological problems.

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Cuban Streets May Finally Escape the 1960s

The government has just lifted a 50-year ban on imported vehicles.

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Los Angeles Bans Heat-Sucking Roofs

From now on, the city's building code will require new residential construction to include "cool roofs" capable of reflecting sunlight.

How 50 Airbnb Listings Became Adorable Birdhouses

The company commissioned a team of artists to make miniature versions of the homes they rent.

A Day in the Life of a Baltimore Slumlord Hunter

A video follows Carol Ott, a mother of two who is documenting every blighted property she can find in Baltimore.

China's Newest Status Symbol: Bodyguards

Louis Vuitton? Lamborghini? So passé. China's wealthiest now use armed security to flaunt their social status.

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Americans Are Terrible at Estimating Income Inequality

In some surprising ways.

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The Strange Saga of the Ousted Mayor of Bogotá

Gustavo Petro was impeached after his recycling program failed. The move could very well stifle municipal innovation there.

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2013: The Year Deadly, Suffocating Smog Consumed China

It's not a new problem, but the country's struggle with air pollution has finally gone mainstream.

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How Christmas Changes for Americans as They Grow Up

Over 90 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas, but the "How?" and "Why?" of those celebrations aren't quite as clear-cut.

Why So Many Rich Counties Are Concentrated Around D.C.

Parts of California and New York are much richer than Washington, but they often belong to larger counties that include areas with poorer residents.

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The Littlest Ice Skating Rink in Tokyo Is Very Small Indeed

Attended by skating instructors, the wee rink measures less than 10 feet across.