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Mark Byrnes

Buffalo Residents Team Up to Buy Old Train Station a $3,000 Gift

Happy holidays, Central Terminal.

Nation's Capital Ushers in the Holidays with an Exploding Christmas Tree

Next up: a rocket-propelled menorah?

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The Nuts and Bolts of Urban Living: The Best #CityReads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

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2012's Fastest Growing (and Shrinking) Cities

The trend is pretty stark.

Nikita Šohov & Karli Luik / Salto Architects

Path of the Day: The Russian Trampoline Road

Beats a moving walkway.

China's Emerging Architectural Style

The country's building boom has given rise to a look that's fresh but also uniquely Chinese.

Geoff Chester

The Weird Weather Phenomena Created by Urban Bike Paths

Why do the bike paths of Virginia glow like rainbows pouring from the earth?

Why the Urban-Rural Voting Divide Matters

Partisan lines that once fell along regional borders can increasingly be found at the county level. What does that mean for the future of the United States?

Forget Subways. Austin Needs Mass Transit Gondolas

Conceived as an enclosed ski lift large enough for bikes, the "Wire" would create shortcuts for pedestrians and cyclists.

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What Made Newark Teachers Agree to Pay Reform?

It's the first city in the country to create a comprehensive merit pay system. Here's how they did it.

Pouring Milk All Over Yourself: The Next Extremely Bizarre Trend?

This thought-provoking gag is the best new thing.

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The Rise of 'Urban Ecology'

Scientists have taken a new interest in how plant and animal life respond to the city.

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Flashback: When Baghdad Was a Party City

The 11th century, Islamic Golden Age of science, medicine, math, and partying.

Brent Toderian

6 Ideas Every City Should Steal From Barcelona

Lessons from one of the world models for vibrant urban living.

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Keeping Out the Kardashians

Lessons in celebrity location theory.

The Surprising Metros That Bounced Back From the Recession First

So far there are only three of them in the U.S. The rest of us are still working on it.

Who Destroyed This Iconic African-American Mural in Philadelphia?

The mural celebrating printmaker Dox Thrash is now a big, ugly square of paint.

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Trade of the Day: Bostonians May Pay for Parking Tickets With Toy Donations

It has become a Beantown tradition.

Where the Middle Class Spends 75 Percent of Its Income on Housing and Transport

A fresh look at the most expensive cities from the Center for Housing Policy and the Center for Neighborhood Technology.