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Finding Beauty in the Hypnotic Sound of Police Scanners

A window into the steady rhythm of first responders in a major city.

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In Minneapolis, Reducing Bike Crashes by Studying Them in Detail

A new analysis of accidents from 2000-2010 finds that drivers and riders share equal fault, but not equal suffering.

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Architecture That's Too Nice: The Best #Cityreads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

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Dirty Email of the Day: Chicago Public Schools CEO Sends Parents to a Sexy Website

An "important message" from CEO Byrd-Bennett.

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A Brief History of Dolphins Turning Up in New York City

The city's waterways have also been known to host sharks and whales.

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What's Behind the Rise of Diabetes in Young Children in Philadelphia?

New research shows a startling prevalence of the disease among children younger than 5.

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A Ridiculous Proposal to Jail Boston's Saggy Pants Wearers for 3 Years

A Boston non-profit pushes the city to enforce the state's "chastity, morality, decency, and good order" laws more forcefully. What is the world coming to?

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Rob Ford Is Still the Mayor of Toronto

Three months after a judge ruled to remove him from office, our  favorite mayoral personality is back in business.

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Tough Talk from Cuomo: 'Maybe Mother Nature Doesn't Want You Here'

The governor proposes using some of the money from the Sandy relief bill to buy out property owners in the hardest-hit coastal regions.

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Paris's Power Squatters

How a band of dedicated housing activists got the French government's attention (and participation).

The Best Maps We've Seen of Sandy's Transit Outage in New York

How transit access changes the perception of distance and accessibility of resources in a city.

Superhero Mayor Cory Booker Strikes Again

He saved a freezing dog.

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Should Drivers Be Able to Door Bikers Without Penalty?

At least 40 states already have a law against dooring — but in Virginia, opponents call the proposed measure "asinine."

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This Summer, the Mailboxes in Bristol Will Begin to Talk

Post boxes, trash cans and lamp posts will chat up members of the public in what is perhaps the strangest public-art project to come out of the U.K.

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Tree-Climbing Obama Heckler Exiled From D.C.

Also, politicians in Naples are sick of you assuming they're all criminals, and the U.K. suspends the coolest teacher ever.

This Micro-Apartment Exhibit Is So Enticing, You'll Want to Move In

New York's latest foray into smaller living hits all the right notes.

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Why Talking Cars Will Be Good for Buses

Technology is poised to help us better share the roadway.

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Stunt of the Day: Can This Guy Get Off a Train at One Metro Stop and Catch It at the Next?

Man against machine.

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A Graffiti Artist's Ode to Oscar

Eduardo Kobra honors Oscar Niemeyer with a gigantic mural in Sao Paulo.