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Reuters

Michigan Will Take Over Detroit

Snyder has "top candidate" for Emergency Manager in mind; consolidation of power will likely lead to cuts and asset sales that the mayor and city council sought to avoid.

WTSP

Gigantic Sinkhole Swallows an Entire Bedroom

The hole underneath the house is estimated to be more than 100 feet wide, but it is not visible from outside the house.

David Rycraft

Can the Longest Remaining Stretch of the Berlin Wall Be Saved From the Threat of Condos?

Protesters have halted construction for now, but for many Berliners, it’s as if their worst nightmares are coming true.

Actually Worthwhile Advertising: a Water-Producing Billboard

The high-tech billboard transforms atmospheric moisture into drinking water for thirsty Peruvians.

Loco Steve/Matthias Rosenkranz

How Amtrak Could Become a Robust, Profitable Enterprise

We might have to choose between economic efficiency and geographic equality.

CoffeeCar.org

Somebody Invented a Car that Runs on Coffee

The odd vehicle, which transforms old coffee grounds into hydrogen, recently set a Guinness land-speed record.

MPI's Zara Matheson

Class-Divided Cities: Miami Edition

The sixth installment in our series mapping the class divides in America's cities and metros.

Some Super Charming Illustrated Answers to Urban Mysteries

Why do pigeons bob their heads? Do squirrels know where they hide their nuts? And other questions answered in this new art-meets-science book.

Stupid New Trend of the Day: 'Gallon Smashing'

Go into a grocery store. Pretend to fall down while carrying two gallons of milk. Post on the Internet.

Millennials Say They'd Give Up Their Cars Before Their Computers or Cell Phones

The latest sign of changing attitudes.

Amazingly Dull Municipal Video Games Are All the Rage on YouTube, for Some Reason

Should the title of Most Boring City Simulator go to garbage collection, toilet cleaning or European bus driving?

Reuters

The Sequester Will Be Worst for the Nation's Poorest Schools

Districts serving less affluent communities will be hit the hardest by cuts.

Reuters

The Fading Politicization of Northern Ireland's Street Art

Murals once devoted to the troubles now take on sporting victories and cultural achievements.

Businessweek

Bloomberg Businessweek's Racist Cover Also Gets the Housing Crisis Backwards

This is shameful on multiple fronts. 

Wikimedia Commons

Why You Might Not Want to Let a Private Prison Company Name Your Stadium

Some naming rights just aren't worth it.

Bill Bishop/Sinocism

Here's Exactly How Bad Beijing's Smog Crisis Is, In One Photo

China World Trade Center Tower III is more than 1,000 feet tall and can't be seen today in Beijing.

Wikimedia Commons/Larkin Development Group

An Urban-Suburban Compromise to Revitalize a Buffalo Neighborhood

Larkinville, Buffalo's most successful urban development initiative in decades, merges city hip with suburban convenience.

Redemption

A Brief History of Bottle Recycling

A story of trash and class in America.

Shutterstock

Why a Bicycle Tax Might Not Be Pointless After All

Some bike advocates see fees as a useful starting point in an inevitable discussion about sharing road costs.