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Where Electric Vehicles Actually Cause More Pollution Than Gas Cars

If you think EVs are always greener, these county-level maps will take you by surprise.

How Much Are You Willing to Pay to Live in America’s Best Neighborhoods?

A new, expansive index measures and maps the quality of life for 2,000 U.S. neighborhoods.

A View From Space So Clear You Can See the Cars Moving

Surreal views of Boston, London, and Barcelona from an ultra-high-definition camera aboard the International Space Station.

On the Job With: A Beach Lifeguard

“We aren’t Baywatch.”

How Airbags Are Supposed to Work

A volatile chemical compound is being used as propellant in airbags made by Takata, the company behind the massive auto recall in the United States. Should it be?

A Nifty Device to Stop Cars From Driving Too Close to Bikes

BSMART helps the Chattanooga police give the local three-foot passing law some teeth.

The Weekend's Best Gay Marriage-Themed Drink Specials

From Scalia's Tears to Ruth Bader Gin & Juice to the Pride Cocktail Tree.

A Psychiatrist for Your City: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

How to Celebrate Gay Pride Without Being a Jerk

Etiquette rules don’t fly out the window just because everyone’s wearing feather boas. Here’s how to be respectful, even in your sequined finest.

Bulldoze Moscow With This Classic Arcade-Game App

Remember Arkanoid? It’s back—to illustrate a real-life architecture crisis.

Making Music Out of Traffic

Designers imagine ways to make electric cars safer—and symphonious.

Can Co-Working on a Deadline Create Better Public Policy?

Four cities across the world are preparing to launch the "GovCombinator."

How Cities Can Make Work Safer for Recycling Workers

A new report outlines the dangers posed to these workers, and the ways cities can make the job less hazardous.

Where LGBTQ Americans Can Now Marry

The states where same-sex marriage is now legal in the United States.

Can Boston Become America's Best BRT Town?

A new plan outlines five corridors that have the makings of “gold standard” bus-rapid transit.

The Trash Man Is Watching You

Some cities now charge residents based on how much garbage they produce. People cheat. In comes the enforcer.

Boston's Nasty Snow Pile Still Hasn't Melted

Guess when it will and you might win a meeting with the mayor.

Stop Releasing Your Balloons Into the Sky

Birds and turtles eat them and die.

Who Owns the Digital Map of the World?

As OpenStreetMap grows, companies like Mapbox are a threat to the long reign of Google Maps. And that’s a good thing.