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What Daily Life Looks Like in Syria

The daily indignity of life at war.

NASA

Not Just Global Climate Change, But Regional Shifts

How waste heat from large cities may be affecting weather patterns in areas up to 1000 miles away.

The Motley Roots of Data Visualization in 19th Century Census Charts

A Handsome Atlas celebrates Uncle Sam’s data chops by reproducing three Statistical Atlases from the late 1800s.

Chuck Wolfe

Picturing 10 Urban Qualities Every City Should Have

Wood-framed storefronts, natural-seeming water features, commercial porches and more.

Dmitry Gudkov

You Don't Have to Be Superhuman to Commute by Bicycle

This weekend’s New York Times story on long-distance cyclists might scare off potential everyday riders.

Reuters

Stop Banning Public Nudity

Why blanket prohibitions are misguided.

Paris 1914

Those Old Color Photographs of Paris You've Been Seeing? Not Quite Real.

Here's what the originals look like.

The Citadel

America's Most Conservative Green Community

Walkability? Check. Car-free zone? Check. Glenn Beck endorsement? Check.

Parts of Australia Get Swamped In Up to 9 Feet of Nasty Ocean Foam

First it was the extreme heat, now it's horrible drifts of smothering sea lather.

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Finding Beauty in the Hypnotic Sound of Police Scanners

A window into the steady rhythm of first responders in a major city.

Reuters

In Minneapolis, Reducing Bike Crashes by Studying Them in Detail

A new analysis of accidents from 2000-2010 finds that drivers and riders share equal fault, but not equal suffering.

Reuters

Architecture That's Too Nice: The Best #Cityreads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

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Dirty Email of the Day: Chicago Public Schools CEO Sends Parents to a Sexy Website

An "important message" from CEO Byrd-Bennett.

Reuters

A Brief History of Dolphins Turning Up in New York City

The city's waterways have also been known to host sharks and whales.

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What's Behind the Rise of Diabetes in Young Children in Philadelphia?

New research shows a startling prevalence of the disease among children younger than 5.

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A Ridiculous Proposal to Jail Boston's Saggy Pants Wearers for 3 Years

A Boston non-profit pushes the city to enforce the state's "chastity, morality, decency, and good order" laws more forcefully. What is the world coming to?

Reuters

Rob Ford Is Still the Mayor of Toronto

Three months after a judge ruled to remove him from office, our  favorite mayoral personality is back in business.

Reuters

Tough Talk from Cuomo: 'Maybe Mother Nature Doesn't Want You Here'

The governor proposes using some of the money from the Sandy relief bill to buy out property owners in the hardest-hit coastal regions.

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Paris's Power Squatters

How a band of dedicated housing activists got the French government's attention (and participation).