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To the Lighthouse: You Know, the One in San Francisco Hardly Anyone Seems to Know About

Though tens of thousands of people pass by it every day, the East Brother Light Station is remarkably under the radar.

The Case for (Selective) Squatting

Sometimes, it can be in a city's best interest to encourage the people who do it.

Watch a Bread City Slowly Decompose Over 6 Months

A photographer built a city from bread and let it mold for half a year. These are the apocalyptic results.

Does the Location of Elite Colleges Hurt the Economy?

Great universities are a necessary but insufficient condition for high-tech growth.

Real-Time Transit App of the Day: A Ballet of Buses in San Francisco

The SF Live Bus app adds a bit of whimsy to the highly practical world of transit arrival data.

What It Feels Like to Be a Boston Alum Right Now

There are millions of men and women wandering around America who spent the best years of their lives in this city.

The Newest Federal Budget Proposals Cut Infrastructure Spending to the Bone

Both President Obama and Rep. Paul Ryan propose cutting non-defense discretionary spending to a historic low.

The Map as Ghost Story, Love Story and Everything in Between

A new book invites New York residents to draw their own experiences on maps of Manhattan.

To Boston: Messages From People Who Know the City's Pain All Too Well

Notes of sympathy from Kabul, Afghanistan.

The Long Overdue Demise of the Cupcake Craze

Is there a more widely, vocally despised food than the prissy, expensive, full-of-itself gourmet cupcake?

The Shame of Boston's Wireless Woes

Shortly after Monday's bombings, cellular networks collapsed. The same thing happens every time there is a crisis in a large city.

Imagining the World's Cities in the Ocean-Dominated 'Hunger Games' Universe

If climate change caused the waters to rise by 500 feet, this is what major international cities might look like.

Smart, Practical Tips for Building a More Comfortable Subway Car

A new report zooms in on how people actually want to use the subway, giving rise to a hypothetical train design for the future.

How Diverse Schools Could Help Fight the Worst Effects of Gentrification

Done right, they might enable "meaningful social interaction" between a neighborhood's new arrivals and its existing residents.

The Frustration of San Francisco's Mass-Transit Riders, Visualized

If one were to somehow take a mental-health reading of commuters at 6:30 p.m. on a Monday, it would look something like this "Frustration Index."

Retail Redlining: One of the Most Pervasive Forms of Racism Left in America?

Why do retailers, restaurants and grocery stores stay out of communities that can afford (and want) them?

Shepard Fairey's Andre-the-Giant Street Art Gets the Movie Treatment

Julian Marshall explains why he wanted to make a film about the "Obey Giant" street-art campaign.

Public Health Initiative of the Day: No Salt For You

Mexico City's "Menos sal, más salud" encourages restaurant owners to make salt shakers available only for those who request them.

Why the Boston Marathon Is an Especially Sinister Target for Terror

The bombings have turned all the cues and surroundings of this time of year upside down.