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Forecasting Flu Outbreaks on a City-By-City Basis

Researchers looking into New York City's flu rates think they may be able to predict local pandemics seven weeks before they happen.

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From Coffee Cups to Climate Change, Do Local Efforts Really Matter?

Plastic bag and Styrofoam bans may seem like small potatoes. But local legislation often inspires bigger fixes.

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Stat of the Day: No One Was Slashed, Stabbed or Shot in New York City Yesterday

Has this happened before? Ever?

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2012's Best Smart Growth Projects, According to the EPA

A food store in Vermont, rezoning in Portsmouth, and five other neat efforts.

Glow-in-the-Dark Parkour Performers Light Up Bangkok

Athletes sporting LED-studded suits cast neon streaks through markets and over roofs of the Thai metropolis.

How Bruges Transformed a Vacant Soda Factory Into Town Hall

A spiffy refurbishment from Carlos Arroyo Arquitectos.

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Turning Mount Everest Trash Into Treasure

An artist creates sculptures out of the garbage found on the mountain top.

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The Empire State Building Becomes a Dancing, Twinkling Light Show

A sleek new system adds motion to the traditional "Tower Lights."

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Bus-Stop Ads Torn Straight From Dante's Inferno

In Berlin, a shadowy street artist known as Vermibus transforms mundane billboards into creepy macabre frightscapes

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Car Elevators: Not Just for Rich People

Automated parking garages are now popping up on both coasts. Could this save dense cities space?

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Why Are States Passing Up Billions in Federal Transit Funds?

The GAO reports that only a tenth of $53 billion in flexible transportation funding went to transit in the past five years.

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Cities With Denser Cores Do Better

Packed city centers are correlated with economic growth, talent levels, and diversity.

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The Ongoing Evolution of Post-Recession Dublin

The economic crisis decimated the Irish capital. But two years after a massive bailout, a new kind of city is emerging.

Portland's New Velodrome a Big Win for Cyclists, Hematomas

A night of competitive cycling on "brakeless" single-speed cycles offers a veritable highlight reel of face planting and smashing into walls.

Holiday Car Ads in the Era of Millennials Buying Fewer Cars

Lexus takes aim at social media as a perceived deterrent to driving.

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Prank of the Day: Black Friday at the Dollar Store

Improv Everywhere doin' that thing they do.

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A Jungle Gym for City Sidewalks

A knotty lattice of colorful play-tubes is an intriguing use of a public space.

Is the Air Inside Public Bathrooms Rife With Infectious Particles?

 A review of the research indicates that could be the nasty truth, and other toilet tidbits.

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Why Didn't This 1930s Cow-Catcher For Pedestrians Ever Catch On?

This is what passed for road safety 80 years ago.