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Why We Pay a Premium for Whole Foods

The company’s overcharging scandal underscores our tendency to associate higher prices with higher quality.

When Maps Lie

Tips from a geographer on how to avoid being fooled.

It's Mostly White People Who Prefer to Live in Segregated Neighborhoods

The idea that many Americans “voluntarily” choose to self-segregate by race is highly misleading.

A Deadly Expressway in the Middle of an Olmsted Park

After the death of a child on the Scajaquada, or New York Route 198, Buffalo locals are demanding changes.

Deathtrap Doorless Elevators Are Back by Popular Demand in Germany

Named after the Lord’s Prayer, about 250 “paternoster” elevators still operate in the country.

How to Buy (Legal) Weed Without Being a Creep

Don’t be weird about it.

What the Supreme Court's 'Disparate Impact' Decision Means for the Future of Fair Housing

The surprising 5-4 decision affirms the original intent of the 50-year-old Fair Housing Act: that implicit discrimination is as destructive as explicit discrimination.

Where Europeans Spend the Most on Rent, Mapped

Renters in the U.K. spend the most in absolute terms and as a proportion of their average income.

How to Stop Crooks From Stealing Your Bicycle Seat

Bike mechanics reveal the best tricks to frustrate would-be saddle thieves.

Singapore Is Already Planning for a Future of Driverless Taxis

Officials see the technology as a way to make the city-state “even more sustainable and liveable.”

Cleveland's Weather Radar Picks Up a Giant Ball of Bugs

Close your mouths, everyone.

Don't Hold Out Much Hope for This 'Real, Rideable' Hoverboard

The Lexus prototype isn’t yet practical for the skate park.

Confederate Flags Are Falling, But What Will That Change?

Southern cities are lowering the flags and considering bringing down Confederate memorials, too. But the character of a city is harder to transform.

What Montreal's Skateboarding 'Epidemic' Looked Like 50 Years Ago

The 1966 film The Devil’s Toy documented the city’s skateboarding culture—and those who feared it.

A Global Geography of Peace (and Violence)

Will rapid urbanization in developing nations make their cities more violent?

U.S. Homeownership Is at Its Lowest Rate Since 1993

The latest State of the Nation’s Housing report reveals some troubling trends for buyers.

California's Sinking Terrain Is Costly

Just ask San Luis Obispo.

You're Probably Recycling Wrong

An expert explains how to do it smarter, and why some materials muck up the sorting process.

How Housing Policy Is Failing America's Poor

Section 8 was intended to help people escape poverty, but instead it’s trapping them in it.