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Aaron Cassara

Skateboarding Is Transportation, Too

Faster than walking, less of a hassle than biking, and way cheaper than a car.

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Cracks in the Willis Tower's Glass Skydeck Were 'Fixed' with Carpet

The carpet will be replaced, but the famed Chicago Skydeck is still open in the meantime.

Reuters

The City Where Blacks Suffer Under 'Stop and Frisk on Steroids'

Police abuses in Miami Gardens, Florida, are staggering, but few Americans seem to care. 

Reuters

We Now Have Highly Detailed Maps of Detroit's Blight

A process called "blexting" and a neighborhood-focused property auction may help fix the city's crippling property woes.

Farewell

An Innovative, If Evil Way to Mess With Public Advertising

Ever want to turn an annoying billboard into a sliced-up mess? Here's how.

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Where College Majors Actually End Up Working

Your graphic-design degree could lead to a job in a funeral parlor.

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Will Self-Driving Cars Have Road Rage?

Technically they could. But in a driverless world we probably won't want them to.

Reuters

Why Do We Love Manhattanhenge So Much?

Where nature meets the grid, we find an ancient way of connecting with the cosmos. 

MIT Media Lab

MIT's Newest Invention Fits All the Furniture You Need in One Closet-Sized Box

And you can control it all with voice and gesture commands.

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A Cemetery's Revival Signals 'Womb to Tomb' City Services

The coming wave of global urban growth will also produce a massive wave of urban death. This city in the Philippines has ideas for how to handle it.

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Why Some Cities Shouldn't Give Up on the Olympics

Dictators and democracies bid to host the Olympic Games for different reasons. Cities that could use an autocrat's touch are right to reach for Olympic glory.

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Would You Pay $1,000 Once to Get Free Beer for Life?

A brewpub and a coffee shop in Minnesota's Twin Cities have used this one-time payment method to save their businesses. And there's no reason to think the model can't spread.

Henty

This Commuting Backpack Is Designed Not to Wrinkle Your Work Clothes

Part suit bag, part messenger bag.

Autodesk

They 3D-Printed the Future Skyline of San Francisco

A projection system can map traffic patterns and demographics over the ersatz city, too.

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5 Crucial Principles for 21st Century Transportation Systems

Handling tomorrow's mega-trends means rethinking today's infrastructure.

MIT

A Better Way to Camouflage Eyesores

Researchers are developing algorithms that can generate "invisibility cloaks" for ugly objects like utility boxes.

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The Economic Data Hidden in Nighttime Views of City Lights

Getting satellite luminosity data right could help us better understand what works and what doesn't in urban development.

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The 'Vast Majority' of American Adults Are Overweight

The rest of the planet isn't doing so well staying skinny, either.

Reuters

The Real Rules of Engagement on the Subways of Europe

This summer travel season, don't forget that metro etiquette varies widely between cities.