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Doomsday Architecture Is More Relevant Now Than Ever

The 1970s saw a fascination with building utopias that could endure extreme climates. Thanks to global climate change, we need exactly that type of design thinking today.

Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society

In Sri Lanka, Elephants and Humans Struggle to Live in Close Quarters

As farming and tourism increase, human-elephant interactions are on the rise—often with fatal results for both people and animals.

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Driving in America Is Approaching a 'New Normal'

Car use was up in 2014, but there's still plenty of evidence we've hit "peak car."

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Who Owns Your License Plate?

In a case on whether Texas must issue plates with the Confederate battle flag, the Supreme Court takes up a more fundamental free-speech question.

The Geological Society

The First-Ever Geologic Map of a Nation Was Just Rediscovered in London

William Smith's kaleidoscopic 1815 geologic map of England was the bedrock of many modern land-based industries.

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Santa Monica's Dysfunctional Taxi Regulations

In an era of Uber and Lyft, this California city's rules for cabs make no sense.

Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

The Economics of California's Drought

What happens when the country's largest state runs low on water?

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6 Places Where Cars, Bikes, and Pedestrians All Share the Road As Equals

The woonerf, or "shared street," has made its way into U.S. cities.

Reuters/Jim Urquhart

Where LGBTQ Americans Live

New polling from Gallup tells a tale of growing tolerance.

Sharma Springs

Bali's Bamboo Architecture Is Sustainable—and Spectacular

With recent breakthroughs in insecticide treatment, the material now appears to be a viable alternative to timber.

Brian Brettschneider

Where's the 'Dreariest' Place in America?

Gloomy cities with tons of rain and clouds include Seattle, Portland, and Buffalo.

placespeak.com/Yukon Government

You Know Where They're Doing an Amazing Job Tracking Infrastructure? The Yukon

A sparsely populated Canadian territory is beating out big-city interactives with a public-engagement plan combining the best of high and low tech.

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The Future of Town Halls Looks Kind of Like the Past: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

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What 'Tactical Urbanism' Can (and Can't) Do for Your City

It's not going to solve poverty, for instance. But that doesn't mean it's not worth doing.

Dumpark

This Illuminating Map Shows How Sunlight Bathes New Zealand's Capital

An interactive data viz tracks how many rays Wellington actually receives.

Evan Tachovsky

Mapping the Lasting Effects of Redlining

Old federal maps and recent Census data combine to show how today's poverty rates align with racist 1930s mortgaging policies.

Reuters/Francisco Bonilla

Why Are Tons of Ripe Produce Being Dumped Into Arizona Landfills?

It's a loss to farmers and consumers alike.

AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

Why Banning Fast Food in South L.A. Hasn't Helped Reduce Obesity

There are many forces that promote healthier eating, but a zoning regulation against fast-food restaurants has not turned out to be one.

Mark Byrnes/CityLab

On the Road Again: Mapping All the Cities in Willie Nelson's Songs

He thought Nashville was the roughest, but Willie plays all sorts of songs about place.