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Behind Glasgow's High Mortality Rate: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

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Ride-Hailing Apps Are Calling Cities on Their Bluffs

Transportation network companies have nothing to lose by challenging official threats against their drivers.

The U.S. Economy Finally Hit a Historic Milestone—and It Doesn't Matter

This is what the longest jobs recovery in American history looks like.

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A Growler Tap Can Let You Actually Enjoy Your Leftover Beer

Because "flat beer sucks."

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The Hottest New Vaping Trend Is Vaping Bans

More and more cities are adding e-cigarettes to smoke-free bans.

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How Highway Construction Helped Hitler Rise to Power

Opposition to the Nazi regime declined near the Autobahn faster than everywhere else.

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The Lives of America's Homeless

An oral-history project seeks to document some of the least-heard voices in society: those with no permanent address. 

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Just a Bit of a Stretch: How Louisville Cut Garbage Collector Injuries in Half

Bend over, touch your toes, miss fewer days of work. 

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Can Your Facebook Profile Help Determine Whether You Get a Mortgage?

It could if your lender is one of a growing number using innovative ways to assess customers' creditworthiness.

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Fish Can Help Slow Down Global Warming—But Not If We Keep Eating Them

Deep-sea fish transfer carbon into the depths of the ocean.

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How Parking Lots Became the Scourge of American Downtowns

"It's very hard for people to realize ... but this is the result of planning."

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Now Even California's Fog Is Disappearing

The drought-hit state's vanishing Tule fog spells more trouble for farmers.

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How to Make Mass Transit Financially Sustainable Once and for All

The seven-part case for operating public transportation as a public utility.

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Frogs Have Learned to Cry for Sex in Urban Sewers

At least one species of tree frog is taking advantage of human-made underground infrastructure. 

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In Croatia, Old Shipyard Cranes Become Glowing Sculptures

The city of Pula puts a permanent spotlight on its industrial heritage.

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Finally, Clear Performance Data for Comparing the World's Cities

A new international standard known as “ISO 37120” lays out 46 measures that cities on any continent can measure their performance by.

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Here's What Tens of Thousands of People Who Didn't Forget Tiananmen Look Like

Photos from the candlelight vigil marking the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre.

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What If the Best Way to End Drunk Driving Is to End Driving?

Tough DUI laws can only go so far if we don't give people—especially young people—reasonable alternatives in the first place. 

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Where in the World People Are Exercising

Marvel at these global heat maps of popular cycling and running routes.