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Nate Hommel

Eyesore Solution of the Day: Vegetation Decorations for Construction Fences

Planters cover up offensive projects.

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If Your City Were Wrecked by Totalitarian Urban Planners

Spend a moment sitting in the shoes of Bucharest.

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A Public Transit Pope: Francis Rode Buses Instead of Limos Through Buenos Aires

The new Pope was born in Buenos Aires, and is celebrated for his humility.

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Thousands Celebrate Puff of White Smoke, Selection of New Pope

The crowd gathered at the Vatican is pretty excited right now.

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Should Pregnant Women Be Warned About the Health Risks of Driving?

The latest research suggests the answer is yes.

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Mixed-Use Neighborhoods May Be Safer, Too

New research from Los Angeles finds that crime rates are lower in communities with both commercial and residential uses.

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The Frightening Effects of the NYPD's 'Mapping Muslims' Program

"Everybody's an informant."

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Rio's Mad Scramble: Will the City Be Ready for the World Cup?

Weather, worker strikes, and structural problems have set back the renovation of the historic Maracanã Stadium as FIFA's deadline looms.

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Providence Wins Mayors Challenge Prize for Early Childhood Project

The $9 million Bloomberg Philanthropies contest also awards innovations from Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia and Santa Monica.

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No Big Deal: 3,000 More Dead Pigs Found in the Huangpu River

That brings the total to about 6,000 dead hogs since Monday, but authorities claim the water is just fine.

Cory Bortnicker

Now These Could Be Useful: Pedestrian Penalty Cards

Cory Bortnicker takes a humorous approach to enforcing sidewalk etiquette.

John Bamber

The Streetlight of the Future Will Do So Much More Than Light Your Street

It could also catch criminals, broadcast WiFi and... detect meth labs?

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New York's Green Roofs Are Crawling With Fungi

And the fungal communities are quite different from what's found in the city's parks.

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Why It's Nearly Impossible to Make GPS Work for India

A "classic example of copy-pasting a first world solution in an emerging economy."

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Phoenix Just Might Be Serious About Building 'The Pin'

A honey dipper-shaped observation tower inches one step closer to reality.

Samuel Orr

Timelapse of the Day: How Nature Changes in a New York Year

A seasonal tribute to New York City.

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Introducing the $32,000 Lamborghini ... Bicycle

A luxury personal transportation option for the car-free generation.

Sarah Goodyear

How to Protect the Rockaways From Another Sandy

A community bands together to call for change, but it's not clear what exactly needs to be done.

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A City in Waiting: Outside St. Peter's Basilica

Crowds descend to await the announcement of a new Pope.