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Inside Fast Food Workers' Historic Fight for Living Wages

New York's 'McJobs' workers go on strike for the first time.

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Hawaii's Spectular Ocean and Lava Show

The rare and stunning fusion of steam and waves could pull thrill-seekers to the island.

A 70-Year-Old Documentary About Cities Shows We Haven't Come Very Far

The walkable, bikable suburb of the "future" looks an awful lot like the smart growth ideas of today.

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Behold, the Single Family Tower

A home the grows upward, not out.

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Brussels Tests Out Broken-Window Theory by Targeting Public Jerks

Also in This Week in Bans: a lonesome howl is heard as Germany outlaws bestiality, Cambridge University orders its students to stop throwing flour at each other.

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Why New York's Transit System Fared So Well During Sandy

A pre- and post-storm review, released by NYU's Rudin Center, has a few recommendations but mostly praise.

Urban Fixes to Fight the Next Sandy

Unconventional ideas for climate-proofing New York City.

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The Quiet Rise of the Much-Maligned Condo

You may be living in one yourself in the near future.

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Forecasting Flu Outbreaks on a City-By-City Basis

Researchers looking into New York City's flu rates think they may be able to predict local pandemics seven weeks before they happen.

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From Coffee Cups to Climate Change, Do Local Efforts Really Matter?

Plastic bag and Styrofoam bans may seem like small potatoes. But local legislation often inspires bigger fixes.

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Stat of the Day: No One Was Slashed, Stabbed or Shot in New York City Yesterday

Has this happened before? Ever?

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2012's Best Smart Growth Projects, According to the EPA

A food store in Vermont, rezoning in Portsmouth, and five other neat efforts.

Glow-in-the-Dark Parkour Performers Light Up Bangkok

Athletes sporting LED-studded suits cast neon streaks through markets and over roofs of the Thai metropolis.

How Bruges Transformed a Vacant Soda Factory Into Town Hall

A spiffy refurbishment from Carlos Arroyo Arquitectos.

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Turning Mount Everest Trash Into Treasure

An artist creates sculptures out of the garbage found on the mountain top.

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The Empire State Building Becomes a Dancing, Twinkling Light Show

A sleek new system adds motion to the traditional "Tower Lights."

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Bus-Stop Ads Torn Straight From Dante's Inferno

In Berlin, a shadowy street artist known as Vermibus transforms mundane billboards into creepy macabre frightscapes

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Car Elevators: Not Just for Rich People

Automated parking garages are now popping up on both coasts. Could this save dense cities space?

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Why Are States Passing Up Billions in Federal Transit Funds?

The GAO reports that only a tenth of $53 billion in flexible transportation funding went to transit in the past five years.