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Mapping the 'Time Boundaries' of a City

An EU-funded project is building platforms to detect patterns in how people use urban spaces.


The San Francisco Exodus

How S.F. became the least affordable city in America, and what we can do about it now.


The Downside to a Housing Recovery: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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


Today in Extreme Sports: Unicycling Down the Swiss Alps

This video is guaranteed to make your legs tingle.


Why Kwame Kilpatrick Should Not Serve 28 Years in Prison

It's a waste of space and money to imprison the former Detroit mayor for that long when he's unlikely to commit his crimes again.


How the National Parks Became the Shutdown's Biggest Battleground

What was different, and what was similar, in 1995 and 1996.


Is Computer-Assisted Aeroponic Growing the Future of Urban Farming?



Kabul's Optimistic New Water Park

Few are certain of Afghanistan's future once foreign troops leave. Four Kabul investors went ahead and built a water park anyway.

Truckers for the Constitution

How Not To Protest the Government

A very weird plan to send Washington a message by disrupting D.C.'s commuters.

Victor Powell

The Salaries of Every Single BART Employee, in One Uncomfortable Picture

Fascinating context for the transit workers who may soon go on strike, again.

AP Images/Biswaranjan Rout

Cyclone Phailin Is Barreling Towards One of India's Most Volatile Areas

The storm is already about half the size of India.


Baltimore's Last Adult Movie Theater Heads to the Auction Block

"People in the neighborhood would probably not mind seeing it used for something different."


A Win For McJobs: Seattle's Mayoral Candidates Both Support a $15 Minimum Wage

A once crazy idea gets a little more mainstream.


The Fight Over Berlin's Charming Street Lights

The city wants to replace its century-old gas lamps with LEDs, but preservationists are crying foul.

Philip Jarmain

Hunting Detroit's Masterworks of Architecture Before They Go Extinct

Photographer Philip Jarmain has spent years slipping into Detroit's historically significant abandoned spaces, now prey to scrap thieves, fire bombers, and municipal bulldozers.

Think the Shutdown Doesn't Affect You? Try Applying For a Mortgage

Why the legacy of the housing crisis is making the government shutdown even more disruptive.

Randall Stevens/

Did the Recession Convince Americans to Move to More Productive Cities?

Not really, though there are a few exceptions.

Paul Cowan/Google+

Google Just Installed the Sydney Monorail in its Australian Offices

Because they would.

Watch This NYPD Officer Explain Why He Lost Faith in Stop and Frisk

"If you get violated by a cop, how are you gonna trust that cop?"