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Everything Is Illuminated: The Secret Lights of New York City

Leni Schwendinger is leading a community effort to rethink the way neighborhoods look after dark.

The Future of Transportation: Own an EV, Get Access to an SUV

Own a small, cheap-to-operate electric vehicle for workaday commutes, and access to a sports car or SUV whenever you want.

Bizarre Vandalism Incident of the Day: D.C.'s Green Paint Bandit Strikes Again

Splatters were found in the National Cathedral and on the Joseph Henry Statue today, and a suspect has been arrested.

Really, It Is Extremely Unlikely That You Will Die in a Train Crash

A reminder from the data.

The Growing Regional Divide in America's Abortion Debate

A new poll shows the South Central states are more opposed to abortion than ever.

China Has at Least 36 Local Governments With as Much Debt, on Average, as Detroit

Of course, Detroit versus Chinese metros isn’t exactly apples to apples. But there are some striking parallels.

The Insane Logistics of 'eBay Now'

The frontier of online retail keeps getting weirder.

A Rare Glimpse of City Life in North Korea

There are Mercedes and Audis, along with bookstores, restaurants and well-swept but mostly empty streets.

Flood, Rebuild, Repeat: Are We Ready for a Superstorm Sandy Every Other Year?

Why we pretend the next storm won't happen—and flush billions in disaster relief down the drain.

The Flawed Federal Rule That Killed High-Speed Rail to Vegas

It may be time to revisit the Buy America provision in U.S. transportation funding.

Could a Private University Have Made a Difference in Detroit?

Pittsburgh has Carnegie Mellon. In Cleveland, there's Case Western Reserve. What if there had been, say, a Henry Ford University in Detroit?

Thanks, Taylor Swift: Nashville Has America's Most Robust Music Economy

How Nashville's music industry really lives up to the hype.

Weiner's New Sexts Were Too Much for His Campaign Manager

You can't blame Danny Kedem, a Hillary Clinton presidential campaign veteran, for not going down with the ship.

A Lost Scottish Island, George Orwell, and the Future of Maps

A 141 square-mile island vanished from Google Maps, and the company has yet to restore it. What do glitches mean for little-known places?

This Guy's Never Met a Map He Didn't Want to Fix

Just not always for the better: "I've deliberately designed maps that are deliberately horrible to look at, and succeeded."

Manhunts Made Smarter

Could better software change how police departments find fugitives?

Harsh Drought Is Drying Up New Mexico's Largest Reservoir

The Elephant Butte Reservoir is at its lowest level in four decades, which is not good news for El Paso residents who rely on it for water.

Why the Expansion of Paris Is a Pretty Big Deal

The French capital plans to form a huge new urban authority, with roughly three times its current population and four times the land.

How Detroit Really Is Like America: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A round-up of the best stories on urbanism we've come across in the last 7 days.