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Mark Byrnes

The Tragedy of Canada's Census

The country's political climate led to the switch from a mandatory census form to voluntary one. It's been a disaster for policymakers.

AP Paris/Jacques Brinon

The Eiffel Tower Is Now the Loveliest Electrical Generator in the World

It's all about visibility: If one of the most famous monuments in the world can use sustainable energy, why can't everything else?

New York Public Library Labs / Building Inspector

Help New York Build a Digital Time Machine

The New York Public Library needs a hand with its ambitious "Google Maps of yesteryears" project.

Walk [Your City]

DIY Wayfinding Signs Are About to Go Mainstream

The Knight Foundation has announced it will fund a large-scale expansion of Matt Tomasulo's 2012 "WalkRaleigh" project.

Drones Are Getting in on the Building-Demolition Game

But their presence during implosions is making some people unhappy.

@MeghansHeart

Southerners Are Failing at Building Snowmen

A major winter storm tests the lower states' snow-sculpting mettle.

City of Chicago

The Cracks in Chicago's Grand Plans for the Bus

Forget opponents—even supporters are debating whether the city has gone far enough in its BRT ambitions.

When the British Tried to Build Their Own Eiffel Tower

In the late 19th century, London nearly got a 1,200-foot steel monument to transcontinental jealousy.

Flickr/Jean-Etienne Minh Duy Poirrer

Care About Global Climate Change? Then Fight Local Air Pollution

The dirty fuels that cause particulate pollution are the same dirty fuels that cause global warming.

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Suburban Birds Are Reservoirs for Lyme-Disease Bacteria

Humans are creating wonderful habitats for disease-spreading robins and sparrows.

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A Dreamy New Database for L.A. Architecture Nerds

15 years in the making, the most complete resource on L.A.'s historic built environment has just launched.

Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge Competition

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like London Has a Fancy Bridge Fetish

With the Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge Competition, the U.K. capital appears well positioned for folly.

NOAA/NASA

It's So Cold You Could Walk Across Lake Erie

95 percent of the lake’s surface is frozen. But don't get any big ideas.

Reuters/Stephane Mahe

We Should Really Be Talking About Self-Driving Trucks

"Truck driver" is the most commonly held job in 26 of 50 U.S. states. What happens when humans are no longer needed to drive?

UnKolorDistinto

Can These Colorful Garbage Trucks Make Trash Collection ... Cool?

Valparaiso, Chile's third-largest city, is tackling its garbage problem with a new fleet of brightly painted trucks.

City Observatory

Young People Are Pulling Jobs Back to City Centers

A new analysis suggests that jobs previously lost to the suburbs are returning to the core.

Flickr/Andrew Moore

The Bright Future of Dar es Salaam, an Unlikely African Megacity

Once isolated and overlooked, Dar es Salaam is on track to become Africa's fastest-growing urban center.

AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

When Sex Means Survival for LGBTQ Teens

A new study reveals the reasons that LGBTQ teens find themselves pushed into the sex trade—and why the cycle is so hard to break.

Reuters/Jim Young

Why the Gap Between Worker Pay and Productivity Is So Problematic

Labor has become more efficient and profitable, but employees aren't sharing in the benefits.