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This Aspiring Urban Planner Is Making Waves in Florida

Most 15-year-olds don’t spend their spare time studying walkability and public housing. Dylan Gentile is not most 15-year-olds.

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Why Don't Convenience Stores Sell Better Food?

New programs aim to put more produce in corner stores in order to improve the health of low-income communities. Will it work?

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These Short Films Praise Aimless Travel

One "wanderer" finds beauty in unplanned adventures.

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A Fatal Police Shooting Shows How the 'Safer Cities' Initiative in Los Angeles Failed Skid Row

Over half of the neighborhood's homeless population has been arrested or harassed in recent years, according to a survey.

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$350 Million Might Not Be Enough to Save Las Vegas

Spending millions to revitalize a struggling portion of the city might seem like a good bet, but the current effort led by a billionaire CEO is facing major challenges.

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A Farewell to Mallrats

Malls around the country are closing, leaving teens with one fewer place to just be.

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Does Ice on the Great Lakes Always Mean a Colder Spring?

An analysis from past seasons calls that connection into question.

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Why London Should Stop Trying to Be New York and Start Trying to Be Paris

The U.K. capital doesn't need a transatlantic role model. It actually has a far more relevant one closer to home.

How Suburbanization Was Sold

Early 1960s archival films reveal the origins of the idealized "American Dream."

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The Record-Setting Skyscrapers You've Never Heard Of: 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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What Makes a City Beautiful?

A provocative new video featuring Alain de Botton says beauty in urban settings must be objective—and to argue otherwise is a danger to our quality of life.

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What We Still Need To Learn From Spock's Utopianism

Leonard Nimoy's Spock represented the aspirational, utopian thinking that Americans are still desperate to see accomplished in their lifetimes—and in their cities.

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The Best of City Makers

Looking back on our series about the people and ideas changing cities around the world.

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Here's an App That Explains #TheDress, Once and for All

Has your office lost its collective mind about The Dress? Whip out this app and let color science stop the madness.

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A Painstaking New Study Reveals the Persistence of U.S. Racial Segregation

Racial segregation doubled between 1880 and 1940 all across the country, in rural areas as well as cities.

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An Artist's Dark But Loving Graphic Ode to Suburbia

Artist Ben Tolman creates incredibly intricate drawings that dig for the heart beneath the hard edges of the built environment.  

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This Start-Up Helps Freelancers Get Mortgages

Privlo wants to become the go-to lender for the self-employed and others whose incomes aren't tied to traditional jobs.

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Teaching Driverless Cars to Fit Your Human Driving Style

After all, not everyone takes an off-ramp the same way.

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Bad Weather: Better for Work, Terrible for Everything Else

Now is the winter of our productivity.