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How the GOP Lost Cities: Best #CityReads of the Week

Our weekly look back at the stories you may have missed.

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'Hipster Is Not a Real Job'

An ad campaign from British Columbia backfires.

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Least Surprising Stat of the Day: 80% of the U.S. Lives Within 20 Miles of a Starbucks

Unless you live near Grand Teton National Park, a Frappuccino is never far away.

You Know What Would Make Egypt's Pyramids Better?

Putting a swing set at the top, at least according this dubious 1930s plan.

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Philadelphia Adds Soundtracks to its Public Sculptures

Four musicians, four pieces of city art, four ultra-weird musical compositions.

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16 Parking Garages Worth Looking At

Miami may be the international hub of memorable parking, but it’s not the only city sporting glitzy garages.

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Is This What an Urban 'Big Box Store' Should Look Like?

Target's new Los Angeles space aims for urban chic. Do they miss the mark?

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Why We Should Worry About the Drop in Immigrant-Led Start-Ups

New visa requirements are pushing American-trained foreigners to start their businesses in other countries.

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Life-Size Noses, Pink Cows and More at the Weird, Wonderful Frieze Art Fair

The bi-coastal show exhibits work from over 170 galleries.

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The Emerging Link Between Cities, Stress, and Psychosis

A growing line of research may ultimately help us design healthier cities.

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The Christian Case for Cities

In The Space Between, pastor Eric Jacobsen makes a compelling case that the faithful have a special calling to care for our urban spaces.

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What Really Drew Asian Immigrants to the Suburbs?

Perhaps, more than anything else, it was the allure of the "American Dream."

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Could You One Day Ride Your Bike All the Way Around New York Harbor?

Advocates are calling for the Verrazano Narrows Bridge to finally be opened up to pedestrians and cyclists.

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You've Heard of Urban Coyotes. Urban Bears Could Be Next

Seriously. Carnivores are coming to your city, and they know how to cross the street.

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The Global Cities That Offer the Most Opportunity

A new report ranks the world's leading cities for economic, technological, and social opportunity.

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Timelapse of the Day: Toronto From the Rooftops

An elevated view of the Canadian city.

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The Bike Helmet That Screams For Help in an Accident

This crash detector will send GPS coordinates to the authorities if you sustain a severe head impact.

Imagine Owning a $30K Home Tucked Into an Alley

Architects from Raleigh design pre-fab homes for the city's nooks and crannies.

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Humanitarian Organizations Turn Their Attention to Europe

The Red Cross is now trying to raise millions for the urban poor there.