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Restaurants Really Can Determine the Fate of Cities and Neighborhoods

A new survey shows how much food influences the vibrance of urban centers. 

Manuel Alvarez Diestro

The Rooftop Homes of Cairo's Racing Pigeons

Pigeon breeding has a long and rich history in the region, dating back 4,000 years.

REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

More Evidence There Is No 'Pause' in Global Warming

Despite what skeptics claim, the earth is on track for even hotter days ahead.

Adidas

The Extraordinary Future of Shoes

Knitted footwear technology is poised to enhance sustainability and walkability alike.

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With Its New Master Plan, São Paulo Takes Aim at Gated Towers

The effort to curb street life-killing building designs could have a lasting impact on the city's culture. 

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A New Site Allows You to Pay a Detroit Resident's Water Bill

Turn On Detroit's Water matches donors with Detroiters who are under water on their water bills.

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What's Behind the Backlash to Houston's 'One Bin for All' Program

The city is forging ahead with an unprecedented single-bin combined waste collection and recycling plan. But it may want to reconsider ditching tried-and-true methods.

Current Biology/Russell et al.

Seals Are Drawn to Offshore Wind Farms

Some swim around the turbines in a grid fashion, probably hunting for prey.

AP/Cliff Owen

Testing a No-Cellphone Sidewalk Lane

A new National Geographic TV series captures pedestrians navigating—and ignoring—signs indicating a cell-free zone. 

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The Atlanta Transit Agency's Big Plan to Convert Parking Lots into Housing

MARTA sees real estate as a gateway to better train and bus service.

Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett

U.K. Supermarket Giant Tesco Wants to Get Into the Housing Game

Don't forget to drop off your rent check on aisle 12.

Sarah Goodyear

In Defense of Urban Wild Space in Miami

A Walmart and a Chick-fil-A could replace some of the last remaining pine rocklands in the world. 

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Where We'll Camp When We Return to the Moon

We will go back. And researchers have discovered pits that could provide great shelter. 

Reuters/Robert Galbraith

Cost of Living Is Really All About Housing

Places where the rent really is too damn high.

Max Roberts

A Vignelli-Inspired Map Designed to Make the Least Amount of People Mad

One designer thinks his version of the notorious 1972 subway map wouldn't bother as many New Yorkers.

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A Detroit Suburb Attempts to Sneakily Gate Itself Off

Grosse Pointe Park has put up a massive barn at its city limits—and its not the first structure that blocks a route through the border.

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Rethinking the Palm Trees of Los Angeles: 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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Quinoa Isn't the Only Ancient Crop Swept Up by the Western Gluten-Free Craze

Teff, fonio, and amaranth may be the supergrains of the future.

Reuters/Gustau Nacarino

How Barcelona and Philadelphia Are Turning Procurement Upside Down

These cities aren't telling contractors what they want to buy. They're laying out problems they want to fix.