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Prank of the Day: The Easiest Way to Punk a Driver

Pretend there's a huge rock in their path, obviously.

Just Think of All the Things You Could Do With an Affordable Infrared Scanner for Your Smartphone

The Mu Thermal Imager, which detects drafty doors and windows, aims to be an affordable device for improving your home's energy efficiency.

Sheri Freemuth

What's an Egyptian Movie Theater Doing in Downtown Boise?

In the 1970s, the city wanted to demolish the downtown. But residents stepped in, saving the 1920s-era icon.

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How D.C.'s Public Schools Are Wooing New Families

Enrollment is way up, thanks in a large part to charters. But can the city build on the success?

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A Subway Map for Pedestrians

Courtesy of the Spanish city of Pontevedra.

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Stunning Pictures of South Africans Celebrating Holi for the First Time

10,000 came out in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Should Hospitals Spend Money to Look Good?

Evidence suggests colors, natural light and design can improve healing times.

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Is Helping Strangers to a Free Subway Ride a Good Way to Protest Rising Transit Fares?

A New York City subway ride now costs a full dollar more than it did 10 years ago. A small group of activists are taking their frustration to the fare gate. 

Julie Campoli

Not All Density Is Created Equal

For walkable cities, it's more about finding the right kind of density.

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3 Charts That Explain Why You Spend So Much on Transportation

The affordability problem starts with planning that favors the automobile, argues a new report.

Alejandro Cartagena

A Lens on the Pickup Carpoolers of Monterrey

Photographer Alejandro Cartagena captures intimate scenes of informal commuting.

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Class-Divided Cities: Dallas Edition

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

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Share Everything: Why the Way We Consume Has Changed Forever

An old idea at the heart of cities will be integral to fitting millions more people inside of them in the 21st century.

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Why Are There No Big Cities with Municipal Broadband Networks?

Publicly owned Internet infrastructure is luring jobs to smaller towns. Should big cities follow their lead?

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Subway Babies and Shrinking Cities (Well): 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.

Vivian Maier

Trailer of the Day: Finding the Mysterious Street Photographer Vivian Maier

The photographs are great; the story is even better.

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Yup, That's a Gigantic Dog Peeing on This Orange County Building

And you thought your public art was gross.

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Why Are There So Many Sinkholes in Florida?

The peninsula is unstable terrain by dint of its particular geology.

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Berlin's New Airport Can't Turn Its Own Lights Off

Problems keep piling up at the construction site that will eventually become Berlin Brandenburg Airport.