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Finding Playful New Uses for Boring Street Infrastructure

Designer Thor ter Kulve transforms garbage cans into communal fire places, lampposts into swings, and more.

Let Me Recycle That For You. Please.

In Buenos Aires, thousands of informal workers are ready to take on the task of improving the city's trash woes, if only the government would let them.

What Happens When a Nonprofit Car-Sharing Service Gets Bought By a Major Rental Company?

We're about to find out.

Lewis and Clark, Meet Foursquare

History's greatest journeys, now available in KML files.

This Is Why You Firmly Anchor Your Construction Crane

Time for a cigarette break out on my balcony – AGGH!

New City of the Day: China Builds an Industrial Center ... in Belarus

Urban planning meets the iron fist of Europe's last dictatorship.

What's the Difference Between a Shady Hotelier and an Airbnb Host?

A question in dire need of a legal answer.

Scary Footage of the Train Derailment That Rocked Baltimore

The impact could be felt at least 21 miles away.

The World's Most Popular Tourist Cities

How Bangkok became the hottest city for international travelers.

In the Amazon, Natives Fight to Stop Brazil's Next Big Dam

A group of local tribes halted construction on the Belo Monte Dam for the second time this month.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love New York's Bike-Share

A bike-skeptical New Yorker's journey toward acceptance.

Maya Lin's Newest Work Is a 'Last Memorial' to the Vanishing Natural World

"I am going to try to wake you up to things that are missing that you are not even aware are disappearing."

Mayor Bloomberg's Retirement Plan: 'Destroy' the Taxi Industry

Bloomberg has pledged to reinvent the industry after he leaves office. What might that look like?

How Houston Became the Most Powerful Job Engine in the Country

The secret sauce of the city's success might come down to history, and an ability to learn from past mistakes.

Eerie Truths and Hard Lessons From a 1970s 'Ecotopia'

Revisiting Ernest Callenbach's controversial portrait of a more sustainable America.

If a Photographer Takes a Picture of You Through Your Apartment Window, Is it Art?

A lawsuit against Arne Svenson, who captured unwitting subjects through their windows, could draw an important line between art and intrusion.

A Public Art Installation Bridges the Gap Created by an Overpass

A conversation with the Arizona-based duo behind San Antonio's "Ballroom Luminoso," among other projects.

How Residential Mobility Patterns Perpetuate Segregation

New research explains why racial segregation hasn't gone away on its own.

The Geography of America's Pop Music/Entertainment Complex

Pop songs, like widgets, are "manufactured" commodities, with a production system embedded in real places.