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Making Cities More Bird-Friendly With Nesting Bricks

Aaron Dunkerton wants to aid Britain's threatened sparrows by sheltering them in the fabric of urban architecture.

Watch 10 Years of Public Transit Ridership Growth in This Blobby, Pulsating Map

In this unusual visualization, America's steady user rise is shown as a sea of swollen red discoids.

Is It Time to Bring Back the Boarding House?

Housing models that have long been banned in American cities could help make them affordable again.

Apocalyptic GIF Art of the Day: San Francisco Under 25 Feet of Water

What the West Coast would look like submerged under rising seas.

Disneyland's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad First Day

On the anniversary of its opening, a look back at what Walt Disney called "Black Sunday."

Turns Out the CIA Really Is Trying to Control the Weather

Conspiracy theorists, rejoice! The Agency backed a $630,000 scientific study on controlling global climate.

With a New Curfew, Is Downtown Greensboro Telling Young Black People to Stay Away?

The city's redevelopment strategy is starting to pay off, but some familiar tensions have followed.

San Diego's Mayor Is Rewriting His Upcoming Speech to a Womens' Group

Bob Filner was going to accept an award for his work on sexual assault. In light of revelations about his harassment of staff, terms have changed.

Lessons From North Korea on Using Brown Sugar to Smuggle a Bunch of Weapons

Inside the bizarre international controversy that's washed up on Panama's shores.

Climate-Related Power Outages Aren't Just a Coastal Problem

A new Department of Energy mapping tool reveals that climate change has already contributed to blackouts and raised utility bills for many Americans.

Streets Can Be Public Spaces Too

A street shouldn't just be about transportation, but also about civic definition and social and commercial interaction.

Americans Own Nearly Half of the Privately Owned Guns on Earth

That's 88 guns per every 100 Americans.

Want to Avoid Scotland's Pesky Insect Hordes? There's an App for That

With "Midge Forecast," Scots can safely navigate their way around clouds of teensy biting flies.

A Museum Show of Broken Umbrellas and Old Coffee Cups

A new exhibition transforms the "utterly ordinary" parts of New York City life into urban icons.

Baseball's Oddest Season

A look back at the peculiar personalities of the short-lived 1890 Players' League.

Turkey's Slide Into Urban Planning Autocracy

A new Bosphorus bridge is fast becoming Istanbul's most contested project – not least because the government will stop at nothing to get it built.

Hunger Makes People Work Harder, and Other Stupid Things We Used to Believe About Poverty

A history of how we came to change our minds.

Demolition of the Day: Fort Lauderdale Really Loved This Exploded Power Plant

Locals who watched the Tuesday morning demolition of a oil-burning plant mourned the loss of its fetching, candy-cane-striped smokestacks.

What Happens When Everyone Makes Maps?

OpenStreetMap and other free, online tools have allowed anyone to become a cartographer.