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Indian Town Not Liking Family Who Lives in Public Bathroom

Our weekly dump of public-restroom news.

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America's Top Creative Class States

Creative class residents gather on the east and west coasts.

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George Lucas's Lesson to NIMBYs: Careful What You Wish For

The filmmaker lost a long-running zoning battle with his California neighbors. Now they may get something they want even less than a movie studio in their back yard: low-income housing.

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New Research Finds Urban Form Plays Little Role in Sustainability

The compactness of cities may not be a determining factor when it comes to energy use.

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Study of the Day: Online Ordering Is Making You Fat

Poor, too.

Mapping Tokyo's Train System in Slime Mold

In the future, urban planners could lose their jobs to ultra-efficient slime molds.

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Why Soup Kitchens Serve So Much Venison

The unlikely but unmistakably American intersection of bow hunting, pest control and hunger relief.

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G4S Gets the Boot in Newcastle

Local vendors will replace the embattled Olympics security company at soccer venue St. James' Park.

The Grossest Hotel in New Orleans Meets an Explosive End

The Grand Palace Hotel on Canal Street will no longer house rats, bedbugs and "black goo."

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Beijing Flooding in Pictures

Large sections of Beijing were inundated this weekend as the heaviest rains in 61 years drenched the city.

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Flying Above New York City

These riders swing through the air with the greatest of ease.

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The Real Reason Kids Are Driving Less

Blame the internet.

A Group Desk That's Part Coat Hanger, Part Skateboard

A new design aims to facilitate flexible interaction in tight spaces.

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London vs. Beijing: The Pregames

Though the spectacle has been underwhelming, London may have an edge over the Chinese capital in long-term planning.

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Seeing the Train as a 'Mobile Office'

Transport modes should be evaluated on their "productive time," not just travel time.

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14 Keys To Building People Friendly Communities

Ideas about creating sustainable places where people actually want to live.

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The Fun Is Real But the Beach Is Not

Urban beaches offer the pleasures of the seaside without the cost of getting there.

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Writing the Rules for Smart Cities

There still isn’t a common language or science of cities for the 21st century, but that could change.

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Does Neighborhood Rebranding Work?

Three international case studies illustrate the challenges of re-naming a place.