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Saving the Clangs, Songs, and Shouts of Old Beijing

Hutongs are disappearing but their sounds won't, thanks to Colin Chinnery's Beijing Sound History Project.  

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Introducing 'City Makers: Global Stories'

Our new series about the people and ideas reshaping urban life all over the world, from the ground up.

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One of the World's Most Frenetic Cities Competes at Chilling Out

In a nation with the highest rate of stress-related suicides, citizens of Seoul vie for the title of most spaced-out.

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Yes or No? A Voter's Guide to Scottish Independence

A primer on the key issues Scots are weighing at the ballots today.

How About a Crosswalk Light that Dances?

The makers of this gyrating Do Not Cross signal say it reduces jaywalking by 81 percent.

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Antarctic Sea Ice Hits a Record Max, and That's Not Good

The increase in ice may actually be a sign the warming continent is in trouble.

Hail a New York Taxi, Get a High Five Instead

A random beardo is spreading surprise high fives all over the city.

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Millennials Love Transit Most, Boomers Still Stuck on Cars

A new study shows generations bucking their upbringings, with sheltered Millennials choosing the bus.

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Rob Ford Has Cancer

The controversial Toronto mayor will undergo chemotherapy for a "very rare" cancerous tumor.

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

After Uber, San Francisco Has Seen a 65 Percent Decline in Cab Use

It might not be completely the fault of competition, but the city's taxi drivers are making far fewer trips than they were just a few years ago.

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Wealthy L.A. Schools' Vaccination Rates Are as Low as South Sudan's

Hollywood parents say not vaccinating makes "instinctive" sense. Now their kids have whooping cough.

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On September 17, Remember the Amphicar

49 years ago, two of history's greatest boat-car hybrids heroically traversed the English Channel.

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Exploring the Art Along Detroit's People Mover

Seen by many as an urban-planning boondoggle, there's a cultured side to the city's humble light rail system.

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Portland: Hardly 'A Retirement Community for the Young'

Hey, New York Times: Portland happens to outshine many U.S. cities in entrepreneurship, job growth, productivity—and the elusive "second paycheck."

MacArthur Foundation

Where Geniuses Live

A look at the highly mobile lives of MacArthur "Genius Grant" winners.

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The L.A. Fire Department Rolls Out New Nepotism Protocols

The city says the practice leads to less diversity among firefighters.

REUTERS/Richard Carson

Houston and San Jose Are Leading U.S. Economic Growth

The continued rise of America's new knowledge-energy economy.

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The Scottish Independence Movement's Final Push Includes a Whole Lot of Chalk Art

The streets of Edinburgh were covered in "Yes" messages on Wednesday.

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How Twitter Detectives Helped Philly Police Find Hate Crime Suspects Fast

A longtime user employed Twitter and Facebook's tracking tools to crowdsource clues that led police to identify suspects in a brutal gaybashing.