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Jacqueline Feldman

The Heated Terraces of Paris Are Safe, For Now

A ban on outdoor gas heaters from Parisian cafés doesn't look like it will be implemented anytime soon.

Reuters

How Rioters Act Like Shoppers

Researchers say looters make rational decisions about how far they’re willing to travel to steal what they want.

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Thailand Isn't Too Happy About Switching to Western-Style Toilets

Also, Australia tests the sewer system for drugs and there's a very suspicious-looking porta-potty at an Oklahoma golf course.

Why Computers Alone Can't Eliminate Corruption in Redistricting

America’s political geography makes defining an algorithm that doesn’t disenfranchise voters incredibly difficult.

Vigilante Justice of the Day: The Russian Bus Driver They Call the 'Punisher'

Bus operator Alexei Volkov claims to have precipitated more than 100 traffic accidents – mostly just to teach rude drivers a lesson.

James Koval

Early Fruits of International Open Data Day 2013

Projects from Vancouver to Washington to Kathmandu.

Fiedler Marciano

Can Syracuse Resurrect Its Street Life?

A handful of new buildings bring commerce and artists to the sidewalks.

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The U.S. Simply Doesn't Have Enough Available Rental Housing, Whether You're Rich or Poor

Where do we house 10.3 million households living in extreme poverty?

Reuters

Intimate Scenes From India's Railroads

As India contemplates a second fare hike in as many months, a Reuters photographer captures what the system means to its riders.

Playing Out

What We Lose When Kids Can't Play in Their Own Streets

A U.K. initiative paints a vivid picture of what can happen when families don't have to worry about passing cars.

7 Examples of the Modern Igloo

Buildings that look to that ancient, icy form for inspiration.

Courtesy of "Murder in Passing"

A 42-Part Murder Mystery, Chronicled on the Toronto Subway

The series deals with the universal urban problem of bike riders versus drivers.

The 8 Most Intriguing Finalists From the Bloomberg Philanthropies' Mayors Challenge

Five winners will be announced this spring, but these ideas stand out above the rest.

MPI's Zara Matheson

The Geography of America's Freelance Economy

The metros and occupations where independent workers earn the most.

An Obsessive Cataloging of New York's Windows

If you live in Manhattan, you might recognize your own window in this curious collection by illustrator José Guízar.

Dirk Brockmann

We've Been Looking at the Spread of Global Pandemics All Wrong

Redrawn maps of the world's air-transport network could change the way we track disease from city to city.

Charles R. Wolfe

9 Lessons From Iceland for Building Better Places

Colorful buildings, monuments that blend, and exciting waterfronts.

Twitter Data Use of the Day: Mapping the Languages of New York City

5 percent of Tweets out of the city are in a language other than English.

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Athens Hit by Worst Flooding in 50 Years: Scenes From the Streets

A huge overnight storm trapped commuters, knocked out power and killed at least one person.