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The Sole of Louisiana's Boot Is Disintegrating: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

No Signage at Your Bus Stop? Make Your Own

A Brazilian project asks frustrated bus riders to take matters into their own hands.

Some in Vancouver Prefer Satan to Christopher Columbus

The removal of a guerrilla-art depiction of the devil has led thousands of Vancouver residents to pledge allegiance to evil.

Can High Design Make D.C.'s Bridge Park a Reality?

The 11th Street Bridge Park proposal aims to truly connect parts of the city divided by more than just a river.

On National Chocolate Milkshake Day, Let's Drink to Chicago's Prohibition-Era Entrepreneurs

What the rise of the milkshake had to do with Prohibition, Chicago's South Side, and a local pharmacy chain called Walgreens.

Rob Ford Drops Out of the Toronto Mayor's Race

His brother Doug Ford will run in his place.

Scotland Wants Independence From London's Entitlement and Neglect

The upcoming vote on Scottish independence is about self-determination—and acknowledging that London only loves London.

A Trove of Ancient Maps May Prove the Philippines' Territorial Claims Against China

A collection of maps, some nearly 1,000 years old, disputes China's claim over part of the South China Sea.

States' Counterintuitive Relationship Between Crime and Punishment

Since 1994, New York has seen the biggest drop in crime of any state. It also saw the biggest drop in its prison population.

Who's Willing to Pay for Renewable Energy?

More results from our State of the City poll.

So What Exactly Is a 'Road Diet'?

A closer look at what's been called "one of the transportation safety field's greatest success stories."

Every City Is the Death Star With This 'Space Station' Map Skin

One woman's tribute to her favorite post-apocalyptic, science-fiction worlds.

Why the Kashmir Floods Have Been So Deadly

The disaster highlights the cost of careless urban planning and environmental mismanagement.

Watch One World Trade Center Get Built Through a Time-Lapse Video

See years of construction fly by in this ode to rebuilding after devastation.

There's Evidence That Fracking Increases Health Risks for Those Living Nearby

Skin problems and upper respiratory symptoms were reported by those living less than a mile from actively fracked gas wells.

An Urban Lab Helps Cities Switching to LED to See the Light

Cities considering a move to LED street lamps can see them in action at the Danish Outdoor Lighting Lab.

Americans Love Local Government—They Just Don't Necessarily Want More of It

Survey respondents who reported the highest satisfaction with local government services weren't inclined to support spending more on it—especially among whites.

You Now Have a Legal Right to Write Bad Yelp Reviews in California

California businesses will now face penalties if they try to fine customers for negative comments.

The Long-Lost Design Bible of the NYC Subway Is (Briefly) Back in Print

It essentially created the face of the subway as we know it today.