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Photo or Painting? With These Cityscapes, It's Almost Impossible to Tell

British painter Nathan Walsh brings a photo-realism style to urban landscapes.

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Stark Stat of the Day: 47,000 Pedestrians Were Killed Between 2001 and 2010

Nearly 70 percent of those fatalities were men; people over 75 were also at higher risk of getting hit.

Langley Erickson

One Small Solution for Food Deserts: The Bus-Mounted Grocery Bin

Connecting underserved people to grocery stores may be easier than building new ones. But what's a shopper to do with groceries on a crowded bus?

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The Chicago River Is Now Running in the Opposite Direction

The river will flow temporarily into Lake Michigan, where it'll dump millions of gallons of raw sewage.

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'Boston, You're My Home'

Makeshift memorials from around the city.

What the World Needs Is a Superhero to Fight Grime

In Italy, a masked crusader takes to the streets to pick up garbage and scrub dirty windows.

A New Interactive Graphic Maps Segregation in 268 Different Metros

See how your city's black-white segregation levels have changed between 1970 and 2010.

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New York Tries Out Bike Parking Corrals to Protect Separated Bike Lanes

A corral with enough room for 16 bicycles replaces a single car parking space.

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An Utterly Terrifying Video of the Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion

It's like a horror film.

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Why Free Museums Are Bad for Everyone

Recommended donations and admission fees help patrons see art, not crowds.

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Mapping the Car Crash Near Misses That No One Ever Sees

Data about traffic accidents that nearly happen could help prevent collisions that actually do.

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3 Reasons to Keep Amtrak's Long-Distance Trains Running

Even though they lose about a half a billion dollars a year.

Richard Foregger

To the Lighthouse: You Know, the One in San Francisco Hardly Anyone Seems to Know About

Though tens of thousands of people pass by it every day, the East Brother Light Station is remarkably under the radar.

M. Dewar

The Case for (Selective) Squatting

Sometimes, it can be in a city's best interest to encourage the people who do it.

Johanna Mårtensson

Watch a Bread City Slowly Decompose Over 6 Months

A photographer built a city from bread and let it mold for half a year. These are the apocalyptic results.

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Does the Location of Elite Colleges Hurt the Economy?

Great universities are a necessary but insufficient condition for high-tech growth.

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Real-Time Transit App of the Day: A Ballet of Buses in San Francisco

The SF Live Bus app adds a bit of whimsy to the highly practical world of transit arrival data.

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What It Feels Like to Be a Boston Alum Right Now

There are millions of men and women wandering around America who spent the best years of their lives in this city.

The Newest Federal Budget Proposals Cut Infrastructure Spending to the Bone

Both President Obama and Rep. Paul Ryan propose cutting non-defense discretionary spending to a historic low.