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Why You're Free to BYOB in Philly, But in Boston It's Complicated

The Boston City Council is finally considering allowing diners to bring their own alcohol to local restaurants. Here's why this is even a debate.

Brian Brettschneider

Seattle Is Far From America's Rainiest City

Most of the eastern U.S. is actually wetter.

First West of England

The U.K.'s 'Poo Bus' Is Becoming a Crappy Reality

The biomethane vehicle will soon run on the (ahem) "Service 2" route.

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A Proposal For New Orleans: Save a Skyscraper, Get a Gondola Roller Coaster

Developers hoping to save an Edward Durell Stone tower want to build a "tribute" tourist trap next door.

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How Black-Owned Businesses Help Reduce Youth Violence

A new study links growth in African American entrepreneurship to a decline in black youth violence between 1990 and 2000.

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Why Did This San Francisco Woman Get Stuck With a $6,755 Monthly Rent Hike?

Landlords are exploiting a loophole in a law meant to protect renters.

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Americans Prefer Their Solutions Locally Sourced

Recent battles over national politics, government spending, and the future of the country has left many disillusioned with federal policies.

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Ikea Is No Place for Hide and Seek

It's all fun and games until someone's actually trapped in the closet.

University of Minnesota

Don't Expect to Ride in Driverless Buses Anytime Soon

But partial autonomous technology can still improve transit systems.

Eagle Hills

A Flashy, Mysterious Plan for Belgrade's Waterfront

Investors from the United Arab Emirates appear set to give Serbia's capital a Dubai-style makeover. But tons of questions remain unanswered.

Reuters/Jorge Silva

Climate Change Is Putting Your Morning Coffee At Risk

We can expect, at best, a 65 percent reduction of suitable growing locations for the popular coffee plant Arabica by 2080.

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The U.S. Cities Where It Takes the Longest to Be Able to Afford to Buy a Home

Metro areas in California look especially bleak in this analysis.

Stephan Brander

A 'Building of Awe' With an Uncertain Future

Time is running out for the Paul Rudolph-designed Orange County Government Center in Goshen, New York.

Mapping the Next Major California Earthquake

Is your city in the danger zone?

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Most U.S. Pot Smokers Do Not Hold College Degrees. So What?

There's zero indication that the availability of legal weed will somehow be worse for lower income users.

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The Travesty of Transit in Brazil's Megacity: 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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Remembering Michael Graves for More Than the Portland Building

While the Portland Building may be his best known accomplishment, the architect should be remembered for his contributions to humanitarian design.

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Why the Justice Department Chose These 6 Cities for Its Police-Community Relations Pilot

The government hopes they can serve as a blueprint for others across the country.

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Here's What's Really Ruining Austin (and It's Not SXSW)

It's not the tourists; it's the locals. There are just too many now—and no plan for handling them all.