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Visit Paris, Which Is Now Infested by Rats Tourists Seem to Love

The Louvre Museum especially is overrun by the vermin this year, but 'Ratatouille' may have endeared them to visitors. 

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BlaBlaCar Is Building a Global Rideshare Network That's Already Taking Over Europe

It even aims to match riders with similar tendencies to blah blah blah. 

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Combating Street Harassment With a Simple, 'You OK, Sis?'

A writer and activist suggests a powerful way to fight back against street harassment—by supporting victims in real time and online.

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How Trees Actually Improve Your Quality of Life

They prevent $7 billion in health costs every year by filtering air pollution—and they can even help with your attitude. 

When Cooling Towers Get Demolished, They Produce Mammoth Smoke Rings

It's like they're occupied by cigar-sucking giants.

Amy McGovern

The U.S. Cities With the Worst Climate Change-Related Flooding

Rising sea levels have kicked up flood days by as much as 900 percent along parts of the East Coast.

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The New Geography of U.S. Consumer Debt

Why a small city like McAllen, Texas, has less total debt than Silicon Valley, but is still in worse shape. 

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If an Electric Bike Is Ever Going to Hit It Big in the U.S., It's This One

Is the Copenhagen Wheel poised to become the next big thing in alternative urban transportation?

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Now Houston Is Considering Replacing the Astrodome With a Smaller Astrodome

A new plan to replace the Astrodome with an Astrodome Hall of Fame calls into question whether anyone actually wants to demolish the Astrodome.

Troy Holden

'A Race Against Time' to Capture a Rapidly Changing San Francisco

After 18 years in the city, a photographer tries to preserve its disappearing faces and places. 

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America's Booming Pay-to-Stay Visa Program Still Has Tons of Room to Grow

A once-obscure program that provides permanent resident status in exchange for foreign investment in troubled places is starting to pay dividends in some U.S. cities.

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Welcome to Kansas City, Kansas: The Unlikely New Soccer Capital of the United States

For U.S. soccer fans, World Cup hopes now run through a $75 million facility in an emerging Midwest powerhouse.

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Explaining the Pull of the World's 'Unruly Places'

Alastair Bonnett on the intersection of place, identity, and imagination.  

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Citizen Journalists Are Live-Mapping the Crisis in Ukraine

An interactive website offers real-time context for the escalating conflict.

Reuters/Sean Yong

George Lucas' Chicago Museum Could Look Ultra Avant Garde

May the force be with a hot team of noted architects as they try to sell the city on their notoriously experimental designs. 

Margret Aldrich

The Low-Tech Appeal of Little Free Libraries

The "take a book, return a book" boxes are catching on even in places where Kindles and brick-and-mortar book-lending sites abound. 

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The Most Persuasive Evidence Yet that Bike-Share Serves as Public Transit

It substitutes for short trips in the core, and expands service on the outskirts.

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UberX Drivers Might Never Get Any Better at Navigation

GPS and the low-cost ride-hailing service make an inefficient combo.

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Meet New York City's 'Gay Health Warrior'

An infectious-disease physician hangs up his lab coat to bring HIV screening to Manhattan’s gay nightlife.