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San Francisco Is Rolling Out High-Tech Playgrounds for Adults

The city is partnering with private techie groups to fund these science-themed transformations of public space.


The Novel That Neatly Dissects Latin America's Urbanization Preoccupation

In Peru, there's no shortage of discussion about Mario Vargas Llosa's The Discreet Hero.


Detroit Heads to the Polls to Elect a Mayor Who Won't Have Any Power

How do you campaign to be in charge of nothing?

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San Antonio's Simple Appeal to Millennials: Diversity, Decent Jobs, and Cheap Living

Young people in search of a less harried life are a big reason why it's one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S.

Petar Paunchev/

Class-Divided Cities: London Edition

There are deep divisions in one of the world's most powerful global cities.

Chris Cook

Sunday's Solar Eclipse and the Empire State Building Made a Beautiful Pairing

The "hybrid" eclipse of the sun on November 3 was so rare it won't happen again until 2172.

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A Quintessentially Canadian Idea for Winter Smartphone Use

Stay warm without giving up your phone.

Clement Valla

Maps Never Meant for Human Eyes

This is what a 3D map looks like when compressed into 2D form, as only computers can read it.

New York City Department of Transportation

A Brief History of How 'Complete Streets' Became Hip

A peek at the evolution of the movement, courtesy of the founder.


Behold: The Rental-Backed Security

The investors who brought us mortgage-backed securities are now betting on housing again, with a twist.

Bobby Fisher

A Love Letter to L.A., From Its Street-Food King

Roy Choi invented the Korean taco craze. In his new cookbook, he takes readers on a wild tour of Los Angeles culinary offerings.

Why Dengue and Yellow Fever Could Be Coming to a City Near You

Blame climate change, and the pesky Ardes aegypti mosquito.


Training the Next Generation of Bullfighters ... in France

Kids take on fake bulls and real calves in Nimes. 

Open records

A Mugshot Profiteer Attempts to Defend the Business Model wants you to believe that it's a good thing to make people pay money to have their mugshots taken down. (Spoiler: It's not a very convincing argument).

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The World's Messiest 5K Race

Themed for-profit road races like the Color Run are proving to be a challenge for many cities to manage.


Falling Profits Are Forcing Ryanair to Stop Being Such a Cheapskate

What happens when a no-frills airline adds a couple frills?

Associated Press

Toronto Loves Its Cracked Mayor

You'd think a video showing Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine would put his approval rating in the basement. Not in Canada!

Aaron Cassara

'Young People in Omaha Are Able to Take Bigger Risks'

In the Midwest's "sweet spot," it's easier to stand out.


Where Millennials Can Make It Now

The new geography of being young in America.