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Visualizing the Global Gender Gap

A new visualization charts the great lengths countries must go to achieve gender equality.

How to Stop Getting a Previous Tenant's Mail Over and Over Again

If you're suffering from "loop mail," the barcode is the most likely culprit.

Why Every City Needs an 'Art Chapel'

Ellsworth Kelly's upcoming non-denominational chapel in Austin points to the need for inclusive spaces in diverse but segregated cities.

How New York, Chicago, and L.A. Explain the 1960s and '70s

The City Lost and Found explores a turbulent time in the U.S. by looking to the country's three largest cities.

Texas City Opts for 100 Percent Renewable Energy—to Save Cash, Not the Planet

It's not about going green for Georgetown, Texas.

The Precedent-Setting Possibilities of the New Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston

The "Lion of the Senate" may have been a special case, but it's not hard to imagine more senatorial libraries down the road.

The Universal Pleasures of 7 PM

At that time of day all over the world, most people are experiencing a "largely pleasant social interaction."

How 1980s Atlanta Became the Backdrop for the Future

The Southern capital has set the scene for dystopian thrillers such as Divergent and The Walking Dead, most notably via buildings designed by the architect John Portman.

Inside China's Unknown Mega-City

Photographer Tim Franco captures the massive urbanization of Chongqing, which has been described as "the biggest city you've never heard of" and "China's Detroit."

A Grimly Fascinating Map of Toxic Spills in Brooklyn

The borough is splattered with escaped pollutants like oil, paint, raw sewage, and mystery blood.

Who Are the Tiny People in Architectural Renderings?: 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 19th Century 'Stench Map' Shows How Smells Reshaped New York City

Malodorous industries moved from Manhattan to Brooklyn, shifting the industrial landscape.

Assault on the Subway: What Can a Bystander Do?

There are ways to intervene that don't involve putting yourself in danger.

The Best Plan Yet to Save Houston's Astrodome

Let's turn the "world's biggest room" into an indoor park, with trees, flowering plants, and an aquaponics research lab.

Americans Love Big Hot Suburbs

The neighborhoods outside of sunny metro areas are gobbling up the country, just like they were before the Great Recession.

The City That Believed in Desegregation

Integration isn't easy, but Louisville, Kentucky, has decided that it's worth it.

With London's Affordability Crisis, a New Breed of Activism

The city is grappling with major socioeconomic shifts by getting organized at an unprecedented scale.  

Amsterdam to Tourists: Get Off the Beaten Path

With a visitor surge crowding space in central Amsterdam, the city is marketing its neighborhoods as an alternative for tourists.

Photo ID Cards Won't Stop Food Stamp Fraud

A new report finds that photo IDs cost more to implement than they save preventing fraud. And they make the program harder for beneficiaries to use.