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Brain Gain in the Rustbelt

Cities like Pittsburgh and Detroit are attracting more highly educated people.

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Yes, Some Students Are Throwing Out Their School Lunch Veggies

But that doesn’t mean Congress should throw out healthier eating standards.

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The 5 Stages of Apartment-Hunting Grief

A painful odyssey.

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Why Rush-Hour Traffic Isn’t the Best Way to Rank Urban Mobility

Focusing on the peak period, as the Texas A&M Transportation Institute does, can miss the big picture.

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The American Lawn: A Eulogy

Grasses—green, neatly trimmed, symbols of civic virtue—shaped the national landscape. They have now outlived their purpose.


How to Quit Your Job and Keep Your Cool

Hint: Don’t throw things.


Hanksy Makes a Mural of Donald Trump as Poop

He was inspired to paint the New York piece after realizing “Trump kinda rhymes with dump.”

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America Stole Our Right to Walk: 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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5 Ways That Black Women Suffered Due To Katrina

A new report examines how black women living in public housing were affected by Katrina and during the recovery.

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A Musical Tribute to Louisiana's Lost Coast

A new data viz, set to a brass band score, tracks 78 years of the state’s submergence.

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Treat Yourself To a Piece of a Chicago L Station

Friday night, sip some Green Line Pale Ale and place a bid on your favorite pieces of the old Madison and Wabash station.

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Which Cities Hate Tourists the Most?

A tweet-based comparison.

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A History of New Orleans Public Housing, Through No Limit and Ca$h Money Music Videos

What was public housing like in New Orleans before Katrina? Videos from the city’s hip-hop scene tell the tale.


Yes, Your Sidewalk Etiquette Could Be Better

A primer on the rules of the pedestrian road.

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This Tactile Map of Burning Man Is Awesome, No Matter Your Level of Sight

Jaded haters of the Burn, this innovative map might just change your mind.

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Learning to Live in Amsterdam by Learning to Ride Bikes

The director of a moving new documentary, Mama Agatha, talks about immigration, identity, and hope.

Matt Werner

They're Making a Musical Out of Burning Man

Nudity, shrooms, the worship of “decommodification”—it’s all here in song.

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Here's How Often New Yorkers Pay Full Price For Illegal Cigarettes

A study finds that 15 percent of packs sold over the counter bear illegal tax stamps. Even for nonsmokers, that’s a lot of dollars lost.

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The New Rules of Smartphone Etiquette

A Pew study reveals growing consensus—and points of contention—in the do’s and don’ts of cellphone use.