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San Francisco Has a 'Transparent' Mural: Now You See It, Now You Don't

Stand at the perfect spot, and this trick-filled utility box blends seamlessly into the streetscape.

Concord Stops Its Police Chief From Buying a Ridiculous Military Vehicle

The police department in New Hampshire wants an armored personnel carrier. Residents don't. 

The Prisoner Suicide Puzzle

The D.C. Jail has seen a rash of suicide deaths in the last six months. Will their latest efforts make an impact?

Severe Heat Waves Will Scorch Us Until At Least 2040, Say Climatologists

This generation is doomed to more frequent and extreme heat waves, but researchers say the next one can benefit if we act on emissions now.

Brilliant Transportation Gimmick of the Day: A Cat Station Master

A Japanese train station that appointed a local stray raked in an extra $10.4 million over one year.

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Bob Filner?

What the San Diego mayoral scandal says about the challenge of stopping a politician harassing women who don't work for him and don't know where to report him.

The Not-So-Crazy Plan to Build a Subterranean Ice Wall Around the Fukushima Plant

Believe it or not, it's what Japan is planning to do to prevent further contamination. Can it really be done?

One Harlem Housing Project Has Waited an Average of 344 Days for 6,203 Repairs

What happens when no one comes to fix the broken toilet. Ever.

A Strangely Beautiful Map of Race in America

A story told in dots.

The Sad Decline of the Poconos' Resort Towns

Photographer Matt Hurst chronicles the crumbling ruins of Unity House.

Why Kal Penn Is Defending Bloomberg's Stop and Frisk Policy

The actor says the policy works (also, he was mugged once). 

Visual Proof That Geographic Data Really Should Be Free

New York City and California have begun to offer up their GIS files to anyone who wants them, and early results are amazing.

The Human Toll of Stop and Frisk

"No matter what I do, I am being constantly treated as if I’m not worthy of this society."

We Need to Rethink Our Definition of a 'Sustainable City'

The smart growth agenda fails to account for lessons learned about green infrastructure, moderate density, and gentrification.

Public Transit Is Worth Way More to a City Than You Might Think

A new report finds a hidden economic value of anywhere from $1.5 million to $1.8 billion a year.

Berlin's Wildly Fantastic 1,400-Foot-High, Hydra-Headed Windmill

Let's take a look back at the ambitious 1930s plan to erect this monstrosity over the city.

Proof That Lots of New Yorkers Once Actually Liked Anthony Weiner

And other patterns from a new Election Atlas of New York voting results.

Why Blackouts Are More Common Than Ever, in 2 Charts

Ten years after the 2003 meltdown, weather-related outages are on the rise.

How East Coast Tech Startups Became a Downtown Phenomenon

New zip code analysis shows a concentration of urban investment along the Boston-Washington corridor.