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The Challenge of Finding Actual People to Photograph in Car-Dependent Omaha

Rob Walter's photographs of Omaha may seem dreary. But he is devoted to his "social, supportive" city.

How a Skeleton Crew Fire Department Deals With a Major Outbreak of Arson

A short documentary follows the Highland Park fire department as it does some amazing work with incredibly limited resources. 

Inside the 'Container City' Filled With Syrian Refugees

The Turkish border is teeming with migrants, many of whom have nowhere to live and nowhere else to go.

What Would You Ask If You Could Ask a Mayor Anything?

We're getting ready to interview a group of mayors from around the world. But we need your help!

Who Profits During a Government Shutdown?

Bars, Alexandria, and private museums.

Someday Soon You'll Pay for Every Mile You Drive

A small fee based on each mile traveled, with a surcharge during rush-hour and on city roads, may be the optimal road-funding model.

Car Exhaust Is Confusing Honeybees to Death

Something in diesel fumes is preventing bees from finding their chief source of food, and that's not good for humanity's future.

This Robotic, Self-Propelling Airplane Suitcase Is Utterly Ridiculous

This sad luggage can't climb stairs and will phone you like a needy friend if you outrun it.

An Ingenious Home Built to Battle Tornadoes

How to design disaster-proof places where people would actually want to live.

How L.A.'s New Valet Parking Law Punishes Low-Skill Workers

Why should you need to pay a fee before you're allowed to park a car? 

How Chicago Points to a Growing Inequality of Urban Violence

Some of Chicago's neighborhoods have become much more dangerous, even though crime has plummeted citywide.

For Second-Tier European Cities, It's a Race to Go Greener, Faster

A visit to Nantes, the French city that's trying to distinguish itself by practically banning cars.

Massive Submarine Invades Milan in an Outrageous Publicity Stunt

An Italian insurance company went all out on this one.

What Happens When the Government Shuts Down 94 Percent of the EPA

Superfund clean-ups are halted, and that's just the start.

Have We Reached Peak Sprawl?

What Atlanta's shifting real estate landscape might mean for the future of the country.

Austin's Weird Festival-Based Economy

How does the home of SXSW deal with the challenges of loud music venues and constantly exploding tourist populations? By recognizing these are good problems to have.

The Really Big Fight Over Urban Farming Is Playing Out in Small Towns

San Francisco and Austin may have figured this out, but places like Muskegon, Michigan, are a better reflection of the obstacles ahead.

You've Heard of a Party Bus. Now Pittsburgh Has a Party Bridge

Festivities for a rubber duck Friday, and a man jumping off the bridge (safely) with joy last night.

Sometimes When Violence Strikes, It Can Be Easy to Overlook What Went Right

A stabbing attack in New York's Riverside Park acts as a reminder about the way cities really work.