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Banning Cars From Central Park: Has the Time Finally Come?

New Yorkers have been fighting over this for decades. But a new proposal to study a full ban next summer would bring some sorely needed hard data to the debate.

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Vancouver's 'District Energy Utility' Can Heat Entire Neighborhoods

This experiment in "energy recycling" is like having a giant municipal hot-water heater—and the concept dates back to Roman times.

Billy Surface

How Dallas Found Its Voice

An unusual agreement between a newspaper and a university brought Mark Lamster to Dallas. Now this transplanted New Yorker has become Big D's fiercest critic of mediocrity.

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What Old Transit Maps Can Teach Us About a City's Future

An analysis of once-rejected, later-constructed routes in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Houston.

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Scientists Think They Know What's Causing a Big Cloud of Methane Over the Southwest

For years, satellites have detected unusually high concentrations of the noxious gas in the Four Corners region.

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Why Chicago Is Still the No. 2 U.S. City for Mexican Immigrants

A closer look at the history of Mexican migration patterns reveals that it's actually a natural choice.

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The Remarkable Philanthropic Result of the Most Expensive Team Purchase in NFL History

Charities and nonprofits in Buffalo and Detroit are poised to get a big boost thanks to late Bills owner Ralph Wilson.

Gregg Boydston

An Elite Firefighter Photographs California's Most Devastating Blazes

Now THIS is how you use Instagram.

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If Bicycles Took Up as Much Space as Cars ...

Bicycling advocates in Latvia braved the rain for a witty demonstration on the humble bike's economy of space.

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Should Massachusetts Change Time Zones?

Support is growing for a defection from the dark and dreary EST.

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Another Black Teenager Was Shot and Killed by St. Louis Police Wednesday

An officer fired 17 shots at Vonderrit Myers Jr., and protests carried into the early hours of this morning.

Margot Krasojevic

This Surreal Floating Concept House Would Run on Tidal Energy

The living quarters are buoyant and float up and down.

A Highly Detailed Look at Our Unusually Warm Oceans

More than half of the Northern Hemisphere's surface water is currently hotter than the historical average.

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A Plan for a More Inclusive San Francisco

There's a lot to discuss in a new report outlining how to create better jobs and more affordable housing for the Bay Area.

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3 Big Challenges for Planning Multi-Modal Cities

It's just not as simple as "stop prioritizing cars."

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Confirmed: The Oldest Known Art in the World Is Proto-Graffiti

The first paintings made by human hands, new research suggests, were outlines of human hands.

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Life in Peak-Froyo New York

One man copes with the invasion through an anonymous Tumblr.

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U.S. East Coast Cities Face Frequent Flooding Due to Climate Change

Cities on America’s East Coast could see triple the number of tidal floods by 2030 as sea levels rise.

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A Tiny Gondola to Transport Your Clothespins

Support your city's aerial future and splash some cute on your Sunday laundry.