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Is D.C. Statehood a Matter of Civil Rights?

Activists are mounting their latest—and likely doomed—push to grant residents of the nation's capital more voice in their government.

Design Different

Zombie Safe Zone Posters Your Braiiiiiiins Can Memorize

When (not if) the zombie apocalypse is upon us, these posters can guide you to safety.

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How Designers Are Responding to Rising Sea Levels

A haunting photo exhibit shows the steps people are taking to adapt to the angry ocean.

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Seattle Wants to Change the Whole Conversation on Streetcars

Unlike most new lines in U.S. cities, the Center City Connector would operate in its own exclusive lane.

REUTERS/Mark Makela

The United States of Unease

The most important lesson from our State of the City poll may be how much urban, suburban, and rural Americans are concerned about the same things.

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Thousands of Hong Kong Students Sit In for Democracy

"Disobey and grasp your destiny" is the rallying cry as protesters settle in for a week of action to demand voting rights in their semi-autonomous nation.

NWS St. Louis

A Strange Cloud Over St. Louis Turns Out to Be an Enormous Swarm of Butterflies

In a weird twist, the swarm itself resembles a huge butterfly.

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In Europe and America, Segregation Continues

A new report outlines drivers and patterns of residential segregation—and why they are so hard to break.

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A Death in Central Park Raises Real Questions About Bicyclist Behavior

It was the second fatal bike-pedestrian crash in the city in just two months.

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Photos From #FloodWallStreet

NYC climate-change protests continue today, with activists now occupying Wall Street to draw attention to its role in the crisis.

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Why People Stay Where They Are

We hear a lot about why people leave their communities—but only about one in ten Americans moves per year.

Dee Briggs Studio

In Its Last Days, a House Turns to Gold

A Pittsburgh-area artist commemorates the derelict house next door, starting with a coat of paint.

Can Graffiti Be Copyrighted?

When public street art gets co-opted for corporate gain, artists have little recourse.

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If So Many People Support Mass Transit, Why Do So Few Ride?

Closing the support-usage gap will be key to a strong public transportation future.

An Insanely Detailed, Hand-Drawn Map of San Francisco

It took illustrator Jenni Sparks three months to finish this secret-laden cartography.

NCDC

This Was the Warmest August in Known History

Much of this worrisome heat is coming from the oceans.

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Will Newark's Feel-Good Street Signs Reduce Crime?: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

Reuters/Paul Hackett

This Scottish Island Is Nearly Free of Fossil Fuels

Eigg's main grid is powered mostly by wind, water, and sun.

Sam Chelton/The Guardian

A Global Gathering Reveals the Untapped Potential of Mayors

A committed Global Parliament of Mayors could mean magic for cities and nations alike.