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Don't Worry About Kids and Touch Screens, Worry About the Parents

Smart phones can help manage the tedium of parenting. But they also isolate us from a lot of the joy.

The Nuclear Option for Rude Subway Riders: Wearable Speakers

It's about 100 times worse than listening to music without headphones.

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4 Out-There Designs to Cut the Carbon Footprint of Heated Sidewalk Cafés

SolarFloors, Urban Parasols and infra-red under-table heating.

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Minneapolis Bike Riders Targeted With Sticks, Rocks, Molotov Cocktail

The Midtown Greenway has been the site of many high-profile attacks on cyclists.

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Challenge of the Day: Three Words to Describe New York

Shorter city pride.

Mike Doyle

It Took 600 Hours To Assemble This 'Manically Detailed' LEGO City

Mike Doyle's model uses 200,000 LEGOs; it's the first in a series of thematically-linked works.

MPI's Zara Matheson

America's Most (and Least) Religious Metro Areas

Provo, Utah, and Burlington, Vermont, represent opposite ends of the U.S. religiosity spectrum.

Watch This Captivating Aerial Video of San Francisco

Swooping shots from extreme sports photographers.

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Why Unemployment Has Hit Black Households the Hardest

The problem isn't just job loss. It's having no cash on hand when it happens.

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Paris's Newest Lawnmowers Are ... A Flock of Black Sheep

It's all part of the city's new "eco-grazing" effort.

Urbanist Toolkit Bracket Challenge: Championship Round

This one's for all the marbles.

Will Somebody Please Make This Old-School Graffiti Video Game?

Real-life graffiti artists star in this fake 32-bit arcade game taking place in cities across North America.

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4 of the World's Great Cities Like You've Never Seen Them Before

You probably didn't even know that watercolor comes in 3D.

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15 Ideas for Making Amtrak's Northeast Corridor Better

The federal government has prepared a short list that includes 220 mph trains.

Mark Andrew Boyer

San Francisco's Trash Inspectors Get Up Earlier Than You Do

Behind the scenes of the city's aggressive campaign to monitor and educate people about exactly what should get thrown away.

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For Cleveland, Climate Change Could Mean Tons of Toxic Green Algae

Heavy agriculture and global warming are aligning to produce nasty algae blooms in the Great Lakes, scientists says.

Zoë Blackler

Parking Spots Are Replacing Vibrant Street Life in Yangon

The social life of Yangon takes place in sidewalk cafes. But they're in danger of disappearing as the city embarks on a road-widening effort.

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How Long Must We Wait for the Bladeless Windmill?

A few years, at least. But the future is bright.

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Bizarre Preservation Fixation of the Day: Ronald Reagan's Childhood Home

Two years of Reagan's youth wasn't enough to save this apartment house.