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MPI's Zara Matheson

Class-Divided Cities: Houston Edition

The eighth in our series exploring the class divides across America's largest cities and metros.

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'Rich Kid Who Wears Pastel Shirts' of the Day: Connecticut

Reddit's hilarious answers to this question: If the U.S. were a high school, who would your state be?

A Map of All the U.S. Nuclear Plants That Almost Melted Down in 2012

Two years after Fukushima, some American nuclear power plants are still having scares.

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It's No 'Accident': NYPD Changes the Way It Talks About Traffic Deaths

The NYPD is replacing the term "accident" with the word "collision," a change that underscores a new approach to bike and pedestrian fatalities.

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Judge Invalidates Bloomberg's Soda Ban

The law was set to go into effect tomorrow.

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A Short History of Dead Pigs in Chinese Rivers

Today's discovery of 3,000 dead pigs in Shanghai is shocking- but it isn't the first time this has happened in China.

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'Nowcasting' Pollution on the Streets of London

A visual reminder of where most pollution in our cities comes from.

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Japan's Permanently Displaced

2 years after a devastating earthquake, 160,000 are still without housing.

These Minimalist Illustrations of Modern Museums Are Strangely Hypnotic

Artist André Chiote's simple geometric lines and bold colors reduce modern architecture to a few building details or formal snapshots.

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Finally, a Good Reason to Send Somebody a Photo of Your Genitals

The  "STD Triage" app lets you email pictures of your "intimate problem" to a panel of dermatologists.

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The End of Federal Transportation Funding as We Know It

The diminishing power of the gas tax has renewed debate about how — and even whether — Washington can pay for local roads and rails.

Sophie Quinton

San Antonio: A Hub for Investment in Mexico

The city exports more products and services to Mexico than 42 other American states combined.

Victor Dover

An Epic Transit-Oriented Development Fail

Let this be a lesson to all: TOD requires more than transit and development. It needs to be walkable.

Keri Tan, Max Pilwat, Ferdi Rodriguez

Imagine a Digital Library in Every Bus or Train

Slow commute? No problem.

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What the Steamship and the Landline Can Tell Us About the Decline of the Private Car

Even the most ubiquitous technologies eventually disappear.

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Coal Power Plants Are Killing Thousands in Europe: Report

A look at the health consequences of coal's rising popularity.

Embracing the Autocatalytic City

How bottom-up growth, driven by citizens, trumps central command.

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Why We Crave 'Authentic' Cities: 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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Time-Waster of the Day: Guess that City

A new online game has a very simple goal: guess the city in a Google Street View. That's harder than it sounds, let me tell you.