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India's Quixotic Quest to End Human-Hauled Sewage

Hand-emptied toilets could be outlawed, but they're not likely to disappear any time soon.

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Turn Scaffolding Into a Cozy Seating Area

These chairs, tables and hanging flower pots latch on for easy relaxation.               

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Making Sense of Inevitable Transit Delays

Researchers are using rider data to better understand how stressed subway crowds flow through the system.

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In New York, Toward a Harmony of Police and Cyclists

A bicycling advocate says both riders and cops must work to improve their relationship.

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How Long Will You Need to Save to Buy a Home In Your City?

You might earn more in places like San Francisco and New York – but it'll take you years to save for a down payment in those markets.

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A Small-Space Design Bible

Author Kyle Schuneman talks interior design on the tiniest of budgets in his latest, The First Apartment Book: Cool Design for Small Spaces.

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Apartment Garden of the Day: Hanging Out the Window

It's a garden, it's a blind, it's something we should have thought of years ago.

A Map of All the World's Hurricanes Since 1851

Here's a quite different way of looking at the history of tropical storms.

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Millennial Homeowners Are Especially Screwed

Young owners are more likely to be behind on mortgage payments. But there's good news, too.

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How the Drought Is Remaking the Geography of Farming

This year's dry weather has forced a terrible choice on mid-West ranchers: sell, or haul.

Urban Prototyping: San Francisco

The Next Generation of DIY Urbanism Projects: So Much Cooler Than Parklets

Just wait til you see the PPPlanter on a street corner near you.

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In Port-au-Prince, Isaac Intensifies the City's Suffering

The tropical storm left at least 19 people dead, causing flooding and mudslides.

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How Honest Is Your City?

An experiment tests the honor system across a wide range of demographics and places.

A Book Labyrinth Dissolves Back Into a Forest

Over the past two years, the books have molded and mildewed while gigantic orange mushrooms sprout from their pages.

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Shooting at Empire State Building: What Will Happen If Injured Bystanders Sue the NYPD?

A recent ruling suggests the courts would support the officers' actions at the Empire State Building, should a lawsuit arise.

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America's Leading College Towns

Mapping the metros with the largest share and largest number of college students.

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Nabe or Hood? A Brief History of Shortening 'Neighborhood'

Finding the origins of nabe proved easier than explaining its current popularity.

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Are Our Transit Maps Tricking Us?

Subway maps distort the reality on the ground for all kinds of reasons. What happens when we make decisions based on them?

Jordan Segall

How an Exclusive Los Angeles Suburb Lost Its Whiteness

The once homogenous community of San Marino has been rapidly diversifying for decades.