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What You Need to Know About the Coming Jellyfish Apocalypse

Calling all swimmers! Here's how to coexist with our gelatinous friends.

Who Really Owns Public Spaces?

A new exhibit at the AIA New York Center for Architecture examines the changing function of parks and other open urban centers.

5 Lessons U.S. Transit Systems Should Learn from London

At the top of the list: Get people on board with annual fare increases.

The Grotesque Glory of Blackpool's Stag and Hen Parties

Street photographer Dougie Wallace embedded himself in the lewd, bloody bashes of England's worst bachelor-party destination.

A New Mapping Tool Lets NYC Residents Peek Into Developers' Plans

The Municipal Art Society has created a resource to alert residents to neighborhood building plans they'd otherwise never get to weigh in on.

America's Looming Rental Crisis

After the housing-market crash, droves of people want to rent. But construction of new units hasn't kept up with demand.

Guerrilla Art and Urban Identity in San Francisco: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

The Sign Says You've Got 72 Miles to Go Before the End of Your Road Trip. It's Lying.

How do they measure distance markers? It's complicated. 

The Drought-Era 'No Excuses' Guide to Conserving Water

8 of the worst water-wasting habits that you can start changing today.

The World Cup Ghost Town Effect

Normally buzzing Buenos Aires ground to a halt Wednesday to watch Argentina compete in the World Cup.

No One Knows When Buffalo's Pedestrian Mall Overhaul Will Be Finished

With funding arriving on a block-by-block basis, everyone is eager to see if bringing cars back to Main Street will finally make a difference.

China's Suicide Rate Drops as People Move to Urban Centers

As more residents leave isolated rural areas and their associated risks, the country's disturbingly high number of such tragedies seems to be leveling off.

A Reality Check on the Hottest Times of Year Across America

Mapping when temperatures hit the max all over the U.S.

Perhaps You'd Prefer a Bike Horn That Yells at People

When a simple "ding" is not enough.

A Surprising Number of Bank Robbers Use Mass Transit for Their 'Getaway'

In the modern city, criminality meets multimodality.

A Great Place to Put Community Health Clinics: Fire Stations

A new firehouse clinic in California shows how an abundant but under-used public resource—fire stations—can be made even more useful for a community.

How to Build Community Spirit Through Public Nudity

And other civics lessons from Reykjavík's unconventional former mayor.

How the Bicycle Paved the Way for Women's Rights

The technology craze of the 1890s meant fashion freedom and transportation independence.

Why Can't We Build Skinny Skyscrapers Everywhere?

The limits to how tall and thin towers can be has more to do with markets than engineers.