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The World’s Leading Startup Cities

Challengers to Silicon Valley include New York, L.A., Boston, Tel Aviv, and London.

San Francisco Is Testing Pee-Repelling Walls

The city wants to curb public urination with paint that splashes back urine.

How Was Your Weekend? The Answer Depends on Your Workplace

Your social experience during the workweek can almost fully explain your emotional state over the weekend, a new study finds.

How Russia Secretly Mapped the World: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

The Uphill Battle to Get Solar Into D.C.'s Low-Income Households

Earlier this month, President Obama held up the city as model for bringing solar power to low-income families. He might have spoken a bit too soon.

All of Seattle's Development Projects in One Map

An interactive tool just released by the city is a step toward transparency as building continues to boom.

L.A.'s Most Ambitious Walking Tour

Who says no one walks in L.A.?

Mapping Chicago's 'Million Dollar Blocks'

The costs of incarceration are concentrated in low-income, predominantly black communities in the city.

I Like the Bus

There’s something to be said for taking the long way home.

Everyone Has the Right to Mouth Off to Cops

U.S. courts have made this clear again and again and again.

The Murky Etiquette of Ride-Hailing Services

Lyft and Uber are somewhere in between cruising with your pals and a chauffeur. How do you navigate the social norms of the on-demand driving economy?

'I Was Almost Another Dead Black Male'

In a StoryCorps animation, Alex Landau recalls his harrowing experience being pulled over by Denver police.

New York Stores: Stop Pumping Frigid Air Onto the Sidewalks

Wasted air conditioning has major environmental impacts and can make consumers hotter and more miserable.

Bees in Massachusetts Are Riddled With Pesticides

Their pollen and honey contain substances linked to Colony Collapse Disorder.

When Public Art Meets a Stupid Construction Mistake

A house hanging from a crane in Germany suggests grievous operator error.

Don't Count on El Niño Alone to End California's Drought

Drought isn’t just about supply—it’s also about demand.

Why Atlantic City Should Trade in Its Casinos for Research Institutes

The Boardwalk Empire can save itself by betting on resilience and research in place of tourism and vice.

What's the Matter With San Francisco?

The city’s devastating affordability crisis has an unlikely villain—its famed progressive politics.

The Dark 'Fugitive Slave' History of Rikers Island

Maybe New York's most infamous jail shouldn't bear the name of a 19th-century judge who sent free African Americans back into slavery.