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In Its Last Days, a House Turns to Gold

A Pittsburgh-area artist commemorates the derelict house next door, starting with a coat of paint.

Can Graffiti Be Copyrighted?

When public street art gets co-opted for corporate gain, artists have little recourse.

If So Many People Support Mass Transit, Why Do So Few Ride?

Closing the support-usage gap will be key to a strong public transportation future.

An Insanely Detailed, Hand-Drawn Map of San Francisco

It took illustrator Jenni Sparks three months to finish this secret-laden cartography.

This Was the Warmest August in Known History

Much of this worrisome heat is coming from the oceans.

Will Newark's Feel-Good Street Signs Reduce Crime?: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

This Scottish Island Is Nearly Free of Fossil Fuels

Eigg's main grid is powered mostly by wind, water, and sun.

A Global Gathering Reveals the Untapped Potential of Mayors

A committed Global Parliament of Mayors could mean magic for cities and nations alike.

Africa's Population Will Quadruple by 2100. What Does That Mean for its Cities?

New population figures paint a difficult picture for African cities. But there's more to the story than sheer numbers.

How a Houston Housing Project Earned a MacArthur Grant

Through Project Row Houses, artist Rick Lowe nurtures artists and residents alike with a project that pushes contemporary practice and engages the community.

A Danish City Is Using GPS to Track (and Help) the Homeless

An opt-in program in Odense aims to use the data to bring services to the homeless where they already congregate.

California Throws Down New Regulations on Olive Oil Purity

By proving its product is the real deal, the state hopes to gain ground in the European-dominated market.

What Makes Us the Happiest About the Places We Live

Urbanites and suburbanites in the U.S. have a lot more in common than you might have guessed.

Personal Rapid Transit Is Probably Never Going to Happen

But the podcar concept will live on in the form of compact driverless vehicles.

What Lead Paint Has to Do With Climate Change

In the 1920s, the lead industry used tactics similar to ones the fossil-fuel industry now employs to convince the public their products were safe.

What a Biblical-Style Flood Could Mean for Washington, D.C.

How rising sea levels might overwhelm homes and military bases in the nation's capital.

Finally, a Way to Strap an iPad Directly to Your Face

The AirVR brings virtual reality closer than ever.

Trolling People Who Want to Be on 'Humans Of New York'

Actor Tyler Fischer walks around the city claiming to be the man behind the insanely popular blog HONY.

How Malawi Women Are Turning Waste Into Wealth

A local government transforms its waste-management problems into opportunity.