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Reuters

What Smoking Bans Reveal About a Country's Economy

Rising cigarette sales used to be a sign that poor countries were growing. Now declining rates seem to be the marker of prosperity.

World Bank

No, Urbanization Does Not Inevitably Improve a Country's Economy

This new chart from the World Bank charts the uneven relationship between urbanization and GDP in Africa.

Kaid Benfield

This Is What a Neighborhood Revitalization Actually Looks Like

A low-income community in Boston taps homegrown business leaders for a brighter future.

Shutterstock

Is Your Region Innovative, Productive, Creative, or Just Populated?

A new study gauges the relative contribution of U.S. metros to population, innovation, and economic growth.

UConn MAGIC

Pre-Sprawl Aerial Images: 'The Next Best Thing to a Time Machine'

Compare every corner of Connecticut, from 1934 to today.

London Bartender Makes the 'World's Most Expensive Cocktail'

The $8,830 tipple is apparently the world's oldest cocktail, too.

WorkAC

Nature vs. City: In Architect Dan Wood's World, Opposites Attract

The principal at WorkAC expands on his unique vision for urban living.

Reuters

When Tourism Success Goes Wrong

The island of Hong Kong is overrun with tourists. What, if anything, should a city do when it becomes too popular?

Roryrory/Flickr

Design Flaw of the Day: Maximum Flexibility, No Picasso

Museum design isn't all about light and air. Security is important too.

Cinimod Studio

London Tube Commuters Hunted by Intelligent, Annoying Spotlight

This body heat-sensing spotlight is great if you're egotistical, terrible if you have a hangover.

Reuters

Why People Still Post Front Yard Campaign Signs

Is there a more retro feature of American electoral politics, and why hasn't it died out yet?

Jorge Mañes Rubio

One Idea for Crime-Prone 'Hoods: Fill Them With Fake Crowds

An artist uses special effects to make dangerous public areas appear like bustling marketplaces.

Courtesy of Google

This Is What Google Really Looks Like

Take a street view tour of some of the company's data centers.

David Longman

Countdown To the Last Steam Train

These beloved but antiquated locomotives are disappearing from western China.

Reuters

The World's Weirdest Bikes

Would you ride some of these?

Reuters

What People Worry About in China

The big concerns are much the same as in America: inequality, problems with the government, and the rising price of goods.

Shutterstock

Fear of a Tiny Apartment

By endorsing smaller and smaller living spaces, are we creating a world in which only the very wealthy can live in anything more than sardine-can habitats?

Krista Jahnke

Vancouver Covers Its Sidewalks With Giant Pillows

A city block offered an unusual landscape and a soft place to rest.

WBEZ/Chicago Crime Commission

Is It Harmful to Release Gang Maps?

Probably not, but as a recent case in Chicago shows, it might not be too helpful either.