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The Immediate Climate Threat Isn't Rising Sea Levels, It's Water Scarcity

A billion people could lose easy access to water by the end of the century, triggering mass migrations, food shortages, and wars.


Where Even the Middle Class Can't Afford to Live Any More

Some startling math from the country's most expensive cities.

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Austin's Airport Is Full of Dive-Bombing Bats

Bruce Wayne would feel exceptionally at home inside this Transylvania-style airport.

BMW Guggenheim Lab/Flickr

This Brilliant Rain-Collecting 'Sofa' Can Help Address Scarce Water Supplies

A super useful piece of furniture for the outdoor urban living room.


Why Banksy Chose New York For His Street Art Comeback

The elusive graffiti artist speaks out.


Get Ready for Record Temperatures ... for the Rest of Your Life

In 35 years, U.S. cities consistently will be hotter than their hottest year on record.

So Far This Year, L.A. County Sheriff's Dogs Have Only Bitten People of Color

A new report finds the L.A. County Sheriff's Department needs to reform its canine unit. 


A Terrible Idea to Create Two 'Tiers' of Voting in Local and National Elections

The latest in creative tactics to deter voters from the polls.


In Azerbaijan, Officials Will Collect Your Ballot From You at Home

It's election day in the former Soviet Republic.

Joanna Oltman Smith

Yo, Cops, Get Out of the Bike Lane!

A new Tumblr documents NYPD vehicles obstructing the city's much-vaunted dedicated bike infrastructure.


Chinatowns Are Gentrifying at an Alarming Rate

According to a new study, the Asian population is falling rapidly; and real estate prices are sky-rocketing.


Detroit is Paying $600 an Hour to the Guy Appointed to Oversee Insane Bankruptcy Expenses

The high cost of going broke.

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Rob Ford Screams 'Subways!' Instead of Talking About Drugs

A reporter compared his outburst to a cackle from the Joker.

London Has a Hybrid Pastry-Naming Controversy on Its Hands

Starbucks says it just invented the "Duffin." But a well-known tea shop has been selling them for a while.

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Zaha Hadid's New Library in Vienna Looks Like a Looming Deathship

A Star Destroyer from George Lucas's fevered imagination, perhaps?


This Surprising Map Shows Which Countries Have the Most 'Digital Natives'

The U.S. is not number one. 

Cityzen by Azin

A Fashion Line Inspired by, of All Things, Urban Planning

Architect Azin Valy created street chic dresses, bags, and scarves that incorporate aerial views of cities around the world.


Where America's Inventors Are

The geography of American innovation over the last decade.

Marek Wieser/WG Film

A New Documentary Explores the Politics of 'Bikes vs. Cars'

What would it take for more cities to be a bike heaven like Copenhagen?