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'Humans of New York' Makes an International Brand's Screw Up Pay Off for City Kids

Clothing label DKNY used photographer Brandon Stanton's images without his permission, but this story has a happy ending.

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Beverly Hills's Juicy NIMBY Battle Goes to the Polls Today

The fight over a subway line under the high school has exposed the conflicted, vulnerable position of Mayor William Brien.

The 3 'Genres' of Brooklyn Bar Bathroom, Explained

Meet the man whose Tumblr page chronicles the highs and lows of bar loos.

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The Great Senior Sell-Off Could Cause the Next Housing Crisis

What will happen to empty-nesters when no one wants their nests?

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New Firefighting Tech Could Save Lives, Scare the Heck out of People

This device to "see" people trapped behind flames also makes them look supremely creepy.

The London Tube's Cultural Moment

The arts have tended to ignore the Tube as a source of inspiration, but with the 150th anniversary of the system, we get 12 new books on its relevance.

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SimCity 5's Multiplayer Blues

Why the newest edition of the city-building game has fans in revolt.

Prank of the Day: The Easiest Way to Punk a Driver

Pretend there's a huge rock in their path, obviously.

Just Think of All the Things You Could Do With an Affordable Infrared Scanner for Your Smartphone

The Mu Thermal Imager, which detects drafty doors and windows, aims to be an affordable device for improving your home's energy efficiency.

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What's an Egyptian Movie Theater Doing in Downtown Boise?

In the 1970s, the city wanted to demolish the downtown. But residents stepped in, saving the 1920s-era icon.

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How D.C.'s Public Schools Are Wooing New Families

Enrollment is way up, thanks in a large part to charters. But can the city build on the success?

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A Subway Map for Pedestrians

Courtesy of the Spanish city of Pontevedra.

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Stunning Pictures of South Africans Celebrating Holi for the First Time

10,000 came out in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Should Hospitals Spend Money to Look Good?

Evidence suggests colors, natural light and design can improve healing times.

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Is Helping Strangers to a Free Subway Ride a Good Way to Protest Rising Transit Fares?

A New York City subway ride now costs a full dollar more than it did 10 years ago. A small group of activists are taking their frustration to the fare gate. 

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Not All Density Is Created Equal

For walkable cities, it's more about finding the right kind of density.

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3 Charts That Explain Why You Spend So Much on Transportation

The affordability problem starts with planning that favors the automobile, argues a new report.

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A Lens on the Pickup Carpoolers of Monterrey

Photographer Alejandro Cartagena captures intimate scenes of informal commuting.

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Class-Divided Cities: Dallas Edition

The latest installment in our series mapping the class divides in America's cities and metros.