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Cigarettes Are (Good) for the Birds

Seriously. According to a new study, the filters keep parasites out of nests.

Ashley Hartzell

D.C. Gets Its First 'Passive House'

What began as a competition entry is now a two-family home in Northeast Washington.

Explore a Japanese City Built From 100 Gingerbread Houses

Take a tour through savory alleys and delicious plazas from a gingerbread man's perspective.

Herbert Mason

An Interactive Map of the Blitz: Where and When the Bombs Fell on London

The extent of the campaign is shocking.

Mikael Colville-Andersen

'Desire Lines' and the Fundamental Failure of Traffic Engineering

Mikael Colville-Andersen makes the cases for designing cities with people in mind.

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Who Will Keep America From Going Over the Infrastructure Cliff?

Highways and bridges need trillions in upgrades. And more and more, it's local governments that are bearing the costs.

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How HUD Took Bottom-Up Planning to a Whole New Level

The agency has an impressive record of supporting smarter community planning.

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Mapping the 'Demand' Side of Prostitution

The geography of modern "john" shaming.

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Diversity: Another GOP Disadvantage

At what thresholds of diversity does a single county turn blue?

St. Louis Loses a Historic Bridge, Gains Awesome Demolition Footage

Part of the nation's first interstate highway project is no more, having been spectacularly dropped into the Missouri River on Tuesday.

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Cyclists and Pedestrians Can End Up Spending More Each Month Than Drivers

They may buy less per visit. But over the course of a month, bikers out-consumed drivers at bars, restaurants and convenience stores.

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What Jane Jacobs Got Wrong About Urban Economies

In his new book, author Alex Marshall documents how the free market wouldn't exist without government.

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Unsolicited Political Advice of the Day: Mitt for Mayor!

And other juicy tidbits.

This Tiny Robot Makes Street Signs Much Prettier

An urban hacker from Tokyo thinks street poles should look like candy canes, and he's built the 'bot to do that.

How You Describe Yourself Depends on Where You're From

According to LinkedIn, Americans think of themselves as "creative," Brazilians are "experimental," and in Indonesia, "multinational" is the top descriptor.

When Calling Someone Australian Is Racist

An international incident sheds light on the trans-Tasman rivalry with New Zealand and the limits of criminalizing speech.

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The Dumps, Train Tracks and Polluted Water Where Kids Play

With enough imagination, anything can be a playground.

Iwan Baan

Architecture for the Rest of Us

A public interest design firm sells the craft beyond the elite.

MPI's Zara Matheson

The Leading U.S. Cities for LGBT Equality

They are mostly found on the coasts, according to a new study.