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Public Transportation Does Relieve Traffic Congestion, Just Not Everywhere

A new study finds that transit does cut down on traffic — but only on roads that parallel heavy transit corridors.

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The Surprisingly Gentle Science Behind New York's Plan to Sterilize Its Rats

Hitting urban rodents in their reproductive systems may be the best thing to ever happen to them.

How the Density of Your County Affects How You Vote

There's a decisive break between Democratic and Republican support at a population density of 800 persons/per square mile.

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Bloomberg's Blind Spot on Class

From Sandy to the soda ban, the mayor really doesn't seem to be aware of his own subtext.

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Homeless in the Suburbs: 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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Invention of the Day: A Bladeless Windmill

Could this be the answer to urban wind power enthusiasts?

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The Surprising Way Architects Are Using 3D Printers

They let architects dream up all sorts of fantastic structures that would be either too difficult or too expensive to make with conventional methods.

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Do School Districts Matter?

According to a new study, their quality has little effect on student performance.

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Good Friday Around the World

Images from Pakistan, Spain and France, among others.

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An Innovative Model for Helping a City's Most Vulnerable

Social impact bonds infuse private capital into public-sector activities, helping build a better safety net while reducing the state’s burden.

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The Tiny House Movement, Taken to Its Logical Extreme

Portlandia sends up our quest for ever-smaller digs.

Jurgen Kuipers

Here's a Bicycle You Assemble From Big Sheets of Plywood

This award-winning Dutch bike snaps together like one of those plastic airplane models that kids make.

Is Google Maps Changing Our Behavior?

For better or worse, people sacrifice spatial orientation for convenience.

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Are London's Public Buses the New Prozac?

Taking the bus makes people feel more social and less lonely, researchers say.

Urbanist Bracket Challenge: Elite Eight

More upsets, a nail-biter, and standings.

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The Case Against Saving Midcentury Office Buildings

A new report suggests it would be better for the environment to tear them all down.

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How Baseball Stadiums Drive Housing Costs

Neighborhoods near Major League Baseball stadiums cost more – especially if the team has a better shot at winning the 2013 World Series.

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TV Show of the Day: '10 Buildings That Changed America'

Architecture television is a rare thing.

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This Street Art Will Blow Your Mind

Swiss artist Felice Varini transforms the viewer's perception of space.