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Reuters/China Daily

China's Fight Against Pollution Is Good For the Air But Bad For the Economy (For Now)

Chinese policymakers are getting so serious about air pollution that their efforts are hurting GDP performance.

Courtesy Robert A.M. Stern

Why the 'Garden City' Is Making an Unlikely Comeback

"Suburbs are like cholesterol," says Robert A.M. Stern — there's good and there's bad, all to be sensibly calibrated.

Google

Finding a Better Word for 'Autonomous Car'

A computer was once a human who computed; how long until "a driver" is a machine that drives?

Tseng Yi-Wen

Cigarette Designs Intended to Trick Smokers Into Quitting

Could these surreal alternatives help people find a healthier lifestyle?

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Do Drivers Discriminate Against Minorities at Crosswalks?

In an initial study, researchers found a large disparity. 

Uber

There's No Way Most UberX Drivers Make Twice What Traditional Cabbies Do

Uber says some drivers bring in $74,191 a year in San Francisco and $90,766 in New York.

NOAA

Hurricane Amanda Just Set an Ominous New Record

The first eastern Pacific hurricane of 2014 set a new intensity record. Here's why we could see even stronger storms before the year is over.

Vignelli Associates

Remembering the Designer Who Changed the Way We Think About Transit Maps

Massimo Vignelli, who died Tuesday at the age of 83, brought simplicity to American graphic design.

Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

On Google Maps, the Washington Monument Is a Sundial

And it moves to reflect the real position of the sun.

REUTERS/Jason Lee

What Happens When You Introduce Airport-Style Security to the World's Busiest Subway

The heightened security in Beijing comes after a recent terrorist attack. 

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Being Poor Can Also Affect the Type of Cancer You Get

Living in poverty is associated with higher-mortality cancers, say scientists.

Boxbee

A New Storage Service For When You Only Need a Little Bit of Space

Boxbee bills itself as an "urban storage valet."

U.S. Coast Guard

The Future of Evacuations in the Climate Change Era

As storms increase and sea level rises, a good plan to flee the city becomes a huge part of protecting those who live in it.

LVMH

The Anxiety of Paris, Captured in a Single Department Store

A judge's ruling over renovations to La Samaritaine has the city wondering about its future. 

Adam Chang

A Painstakingly Illustrated Catalog of Manhattan’s Subway Tile Mosaics

Travel through 118 stations without leaving your room.

AP Photo/Alik Keplicz

How Heavy Metal Tracks the Wealth of Nations

This music of disillusion and despair is, strangely, biggest in countries with very high quality of life. 

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How World War II Revolutionized Maps: 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.

Balkonzept

A Desk That Hangs Perfectly Over a Balcony Railing

It comes complete with a flower box to look at while you work. 

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The Worst Holiday Weekend for Red-Light Running Is Here

Memorial Day weekend is a bad time to drive overall.