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This Guy's Never Met a Map He Didn't Want to Fix

Just not always for the better: "I've deliberately designed maps that are deliberately horrible to look at, and succeeded."

Manhunts Made Smarter

Could better software change how police departments find fugitives?

Harsh Drought Is Drying Up New Mexico's Largest Reservoir

The Elephant Butte Reservoir is at its lowest level in four decades, which is not good news for El Paso residents who rely on it for water.

Why the Expansion of Paris Is a Pretty Big Deal

The French capital plans to form a huge new urban authority, with roughly three times its current population and four times the land.

How Detroit Really Is Like America: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A round-up of the best stories on urbanism we've come across in the last 7 days.

Tourism Invention of the Day: A Rotating Camera Stand With a Slot for Your Smartphone

On this Japanese island, you no longer have to ask strangers to take your group photos.

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Still Not Resigning, But Will Enter 'Intensive' Counseling

But will it be enough to quell demands that he step down?

How to Make Chicago's Union Station a Place You'd Actually Want to Visit

You can vote from among a fresh batch of 25 new ideas.

Sneaking Inside the World's Multiplying McMansions

Martin Adolfsson photographs upper-class subdivisions around the world without permission.

The Original New York Street Photographer

If Alice Austen weren't a real person, some novelist might have had to invent her.

That Horrible Spanish Train Crash Appears to Have Been Caused By a Reckless Driver

With terrible consequences.

Bots Are Battling for Restaurant Reservations in San Francisco

Table for two? It's on.

Someone Threw Paint on the Lincoln Memorial

The memorial was closed Friday morning after it was discovered that someone had vandalized the iconic statue in the middle of the night.

Making 'Complete Streets' More Complete

The concept has made neighborhoods safer and more social. Can't it make cities a little greener too?

Now We Can Actually Count and Track the 'Familiar Strangers' in Our Lives

That person you often see on the bus? Scientists are pinpointing exactly how often you're running into them.

Hysteria and Racist Screeds Over HUD Plans to Map Neighborhood Diversity

Cue cries of "social engineering," "forced integration," and "tyranny."

Even in Big Cities With Light Pollution, the Moon Influences Our Sleep Cycles

A full moon can cause nights of shorter, worse sleep, according to European researchers.

This Stop-Motion Film Required 8 Months of Portland Street Art

Hundreds of wheat-pastes tell the weird tale of a man and his magical, pointy stick.

Mini-History Lesson of the Day: The Story of New York City's Street Photographers

The Everybody Street trailer captures the "visceral rush" of shooting from the perspective of the medium's masters.