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Julia Robinson/Reuters

What SXSW Can Tell Us About the Geography of Indie Music

Texas cities account for three of the top 10 metros, and nearly one in five SXSW acts hail from Texas.

Katsuya Arai

The Humble Public Bench Gets a Dramatic Makeover

Boston prepares to debut 20 bench designs that re-imagine the experience of sitting on the street.

Reuters

Tom Connors, Folk Singer and Chronicler of All Things Canada, Dies at 77

"Stompin' Tom" sang about the life of a streetcar driver, hauling a load of potatoes from Prince Edward Island.

David Agnello

Library Art of the Day: Light Beams for Every Search in Wyoming

Enter the filament mind.

Diplomacy/Avalon Hill

Diplomacy: The Map That Ruined a Thousand Friendships

Allan Calhamer's brilliant geographic legacy.

Atelier Zündel Cristea

Turn That Ugly Old Power Plant Into an Amusement Park

One architect's vision for the Battersea Power Station in southwest London.

Sophie Quinton

Can San Antonio Displace Austin as Texas's Tech Hub?

The city has been quietly establishing itself as a center for computer industries.

Flickr

How Congress Could Help Create the Next Great Neighborhood

The BUILD Act is designed to help local governments and other entities clean up and revitalize brownfield sites.

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The Striking Relationship Between Gun Safety Laws and Firearm Deaths

The research is now clear that states with stricter gun control measures have fewer gun-related fatalities.

CityScan

Code Enforcement Goes High-Tech

CityScan uses street-mapping technology and public records to find hidden violations.

Higher Ground

How Boston Fit a Giant New Farm Into the City ... Seamlessly

Higher Ground, the world's second largest rooftop farm, contributes fresh food but doesn't interfere with density and walkability.

Sustainable Playland Inc.

Westchester County's Plan to Ruin Your Childhood Memories

Does saving Playland have to mean destroying its beloved rides?

Library of Congress

Before Cities Had Street Lights, They Had Giant Towers That Mimicked the Moon

When electricity was new, town leaders looked to "moonlight towers" to provide mass illumination.

Uncovering the First, Fascinating Rulebook for Subway Sign Design

A legendary document brought to the masses.

Reuters/Andrew Burton

What Will Mike Bloomberg Ban Next?

For one thing, he's not happy with your iPod earbuds.

Plan B Architecture & Urbanism

What If the Entire World Lived in 1 City?

Two Yale architects pose the question in an ambitious research project.

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The Smell of Nature Is Almost As Good As the Real Thing, As Far As Our Brains Are Concerned

Hard science is finally backing up centuries of aromatherapy wisdom.

Death Defying Video of the Day: Mountain Unicycling

They're not just for hippies anymore.

ZUMA

Climate Change: The Secret Inflamer of the Arab Spring

Droughts and resource shortages can destabilize countries and foment unrest.