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2012's Most Important Preservation Battles

The gas stations, theaters and monuments saved this year.

These Bikes Are Wishing You a Very Happy Holiday

Cycles decked out in everything from Christmas lights to greenery.

What Produces More Light Pollution in Australia: Cities or Wildfires?

Parts of the outback are lit up with so much flame they look like huge metropolises at night.

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Death by a Million Cuts: What Cities Stand to Lose If We Go Over the Fiscal Cliff

Let's look at Baltimore as a case study for the on-the-ground, scary risks of federal inaction.

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The Future of City Driving: Per-Mile Car Insurance

MetroMile, an insurance company aimed at urban drivers with a low-car lifestyle, launched in Portland this month.

Weird Lights in the Sky Appear Once Again Over San Francisco

What is causing these glowing orbs over the Mission District?

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Do Places Seem Farther Away When You Have to Walk to Get There?

Turns out pedestrians who live in cities consistently over-estimate the amount of time it takes to walk somewhere. Why this matters to density.

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Bicycle Advocates of the Day: The Miami Heat

They wear their helmets and everything!

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More Cars on the Road Make You Late, But Some Cars Make You Much Later Than Others

A new study suggests that traffic reduction should be targeted at particular communities.

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Are You Ready for the End of Days?

Across the world, people are preparing by hoarding food, climbing mountains, and partying.

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America's Most Religiously Diverse Cities

Four percent of the country identifies as Jewish, Muslim, Hindu or Buddhist. A peek at where those communities are clustered.

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The Business Case for Saying No to National Chains

Brooklyn's Barclays Center is proving itself a leader in fostering a strong hometown identity.

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How UPS Delivers Many, Many More Packages Than FedEx

The shipping company will make 28 million drop-offs today -- 324 a second.

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2012's Year in Maps

It's been an eventful year for cartography.

Jon Cotner

Holiday Wishes From the Streets of New York

25 strangers share their hopes for the season.

Drawing the Intricate Details of City Life By Hand

Illustrator Jenni Sparks discusses her lively, unique renderings of New York and London.

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How Economic Development Is Changing the Geography of Urban Crime

As inner cores become wealthier, crime will get pushed out of many cities.

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Seattle Tries Again to Outlaw Assault Weapons: This Week in Bans

Also, a Canadian city goes after bullies and a Chicago alderman takes the war on pigeons to a new level.

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What's Behind San Francisco's Sudden Building Boom?

Traditionally stingy with new growth, the city appears to be on the cusp of a major construction cycle.