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Why Aliens Will Love Visiting D.C. Once All the Humans Are Gone

Ellen Harvey looks into the future and sees extraterrestrials amid neo-classical ruins.

Why the Lowest Income Families Might Care the Most About Their Neighborhoods

For starters, they have fewer prospects for moving anywhere else.

Perspective-Bending Video of the Day: Point-of-View Parkour

If you are too scared to do it for real.

How Walkability Shapes Political Activism

Social movement organizations are strongly correlated to key elements of cities.

Are Civic Hackathons Stupid?

An argument against the popular (and unpaid) app design contests.

Europe's New War on Nightlife

Milan bans ice cream after midnight, Madrid bans noise. Has the continent lost its taste for fun?

A Stunning Time-Lapse Video of Shanghai

Photographer Rob Whitworth portrays the tremendous energy of China's largest city.

The Worst of Last Night's Firework Disasters

Cities and towns all over America lit up the skies with their Fourth of July fireworks shows, but not all of them were so delightful.

That's Right, Los Angeles Is Giving Up Car Lanes for Pedestrians

Six lanes of traffic will be reduced to three in the city's plan to improve the walkability of Broadway.

A Closer Look at Portland's Giant, Carnivorous Street Lights

Four monstrous pitcher plants light up a new pedestrian pathway downtown ... if anybody's brave enough to use it, that is.

Egypt Has a New Interim Leader

Mohamed Morsi has been officially replaced by the head of the constitutional court.

The Western U.S. Heat Wave Is So Bad Pavement Is Causing 2nd-Degree Burns

Take a barefooted walk across a Las Vegas parking lot, receive skin grafts and weeks in the hospital.

Happy Reopening, Statue of Liberty! We've Been Making a Big Deal Out of You Since 1885

In honor of $59 million worth of repairs following Superstorm Sandy, a look back at the initial excitement surrounding America's most famous statue.

LEGO Model of the Day: Urban Density Gone Bad

A playful exercise in jam-packed city living.

In the Last 4 Days, 91 Women Have Been Sexually Assaulted in Tahrir Square. Can Anything Be Done?

A group called Tahrir Bodyguard is trying to keep women safe, but their task is proving more difficult than ever.

The Story of the Battle of Gettysburg, Told Through Maps

Though limited, these sketches help explain what happened, and why.

How Facebook Single-Handedly Made Silicon Valley Richer Than Manhattan

The average weekly wage in San Mateo County increased 107.3 percent, thanks to a little IPO that happened in May 2012.

The Year in Hot Dog Innovation

Let it never be said that our nation stood still while others carried forth the banner of progress.

The Coffeehouse That Political Consulting Built

Steve Hildebrand knew field operations better than anyone in politics. Now he serves espresso and panini to the people of Sioux Falls.