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Life and Death on the Tracks in New York: Would You Be a Hero?

The thing is, we can all imagine a tragedy like the one in New York this week happening to us.

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People Live and Work in Downtown Pittsburgh. How Can the City Get Them to Shop There?

Rather than trying to lure major retailers onto certain sites, the city is creating places Pittsburghers want to go and hoping business will follow.

6 Videos That Show the Fascinating Ebb and Flow of Regional Transit

These maps track the movement of transit vehicles in various cities over the course of 24 hours.

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How Climate Change Is Creating New Exurbs in the Middle East

Hot temperatures and droughts are pushing people into cities, often with disastrous consequences.

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Salt Lake City Battles Metastasizing Parking Lots: This Week in Bans

Also, an Indian town tries to prevent adultery by taking away women's phones and Washington, D.C., stops being so uptight about booze.

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America Is Finally Closing Prisons. Now What Do We Do With Them?

The trickiest reuse challenge yet.

The New Rise of Segregated Schools

Districts that stopped forcing schools to mix students by race have seen a gradual but significant -return of racial isolation, especially at the elementary level.

A Never-Before-Seen Satellite View of Earth's Cities at Night

NASA has unveiled the most detailed nocturnal image of Earth to date, and it's a stunner.

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Inevitable Commercialism of the Day: New Hampshire May Sell Naming Rights to Infrastructure

Seriously, how did it take this long?

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How Dave Brubeck Used His Talents to Fight for Integration

As a white jazz musician in a segregated country, he fought for his black bassist.

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A House Built Into a Sewer

Talk about an impressive retrofit.

Cigarettes Are (Good) for the Birds

Seriously. According to a new study, the filters keep parasites out of nests.

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D.C. Gets Its First 'Passive House'

What began as a competition entry is now a two-family home in Northeast Washington.

Explore a Japanese City Built From 100 Gingerbread Houses

Take a tour through savory alleys and delicious plazas from a gingerbread man's perspective.

Herbert Mason

An Interactive Map of the Blitz: Where and When the Bombs Fell on London

The extent of the campaign is shocking.

Mikael Colville-Andersen

'Desire Lines' and the Fundamental Failure of Traffic Engineering

Mikael Colville-Andersen makes the cases for designing cities with people in mind.

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Who Will Keep America From Going Over the Infrastructure Cliff?

Highways and bridges need trillions in upgrades. And more and more, it's local governments that are bearing the costs.

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How HUD Took Bottom-Up Planning to a Whole New Level

The agency has an impressive record of supporting smarter community planning.

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Mapping the 'Demand' Side of Prostitution

The geography of modern "john" shaming.