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Bolivia's 'Spaceship Architecture' Showcases the New Wealth of Indigenous People

Freddy Mamani has found a way to bring traditional Andean and Tiwanaku cultures into an urban setting.

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One City's Trash Is Artistic Treasure

Inside the artist-in-residence program at the San Francisco dump.

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How Plans to Pedestrianize Brussels May Actually Encourage Driving

The city's car-free zone, as it is currently designed, will only displace traffic, not reduce it.  

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Why Are Londoners Texting with an Inanimate Signpost?

Some are even asking the (surprisingly jerkish) signpost for a date.

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An Oscars-Weekend Reminder to Be Good to Your Neighbors

Remembering the Academy Award-winning work of Norman McLaren, whose 1952 commentary on suburbia still resonates.

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The Citizen Journalists of Rio's Slums: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

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How Dakar (Almost) Got Its First Municipal Bond to Market

Senegal's capital is hoping to become the first city to sell a bond in Sub-Sahara Africa, outside of South Africa.

When the Sidewalks Were Wider Than the Streets

Compare footage of New York's 23rd Street, shot by Thomas Edison in 1901, to today.

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The Fear and Fortune of Mumbai's Human Pyramids

A short film explores why India's controversial sport is so important for three slum residents.

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Cold, Dark, and Happy: Lessons From Alaska, the New Leader in Well-Being

Years of state rankings paint a picture of the ideal healthiest place to live.

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Suicides Related to Foreclosure and Eviction Doubled During the Housing Crisis

A new report makes plain some of the grim results of housing-related stressors, and suggests practices that could save lives.

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How San Francisco Proved to the World It Had Recovered From the 1906 Earthquake

100 years ago today, the Panama-Pacific International Exposition opened its doors.

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The Science of Cities Applies to Ancient Mexico, Too

New research suggests the social benefits of dense urban areas might follow timeless rules.

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The College of Lost Arts

A small college in Charleston, South Carolina, seeks to revive the centuries-old fine building trades.

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As More Cities Adopt 'Vision Zero,' a Grand Experiment Emerges on U.S. Streets

Seattle has joined a growing list of major American cities trying out the Swedish approach to reducing traffic deaths.

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The Danger of Being Neighborly Without a Permit

All over America, people have put small "give one, take one" book exchanges in front of their homes. Then they were told to tear them down.

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The Social Science Behind Online Shareablity

A number of surprising factors could make images go viral on different social media platforms.

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A Kentucky City Issues an Arrest Warrant for Frozen Queen Elsa

Police in Harlan, Kentucky, put out an all-points bulletin for the character as a suspect behind record-cold temperatures. But what about Mr. Freeze?

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Belfast, Aspiring for Normal

How does a city move on from war?