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The Addictiveness of the U.S. Census Bracket Game Cannot Be Denied

Sixty-four cities, 64 populations to rank by size.

The Secret Lives of Garbage Men

Anthropologist Robin Nagle on the vital, hidden, and arcane sanitation system that enables cities to function.

Pails of Water and a Fight for a Beer Bucket: Bizarre Easter Traditions

A collection of strange and lovely Easter traditions.

Class-Divided Cities: San Francisco Edition

The 11th in our series exploring the class divides across America's largest cities and metros.

Your Local Newspaper, Delivered By Drones

Plans to use robots to replace humans in package delivery, in France and beyond.

Public Transportation Does Relieve Traffic Congestion, Just Not Everywhere

A new study finds that transit does cut down on traffic — but only on roads that parallel heavy transit corridors.

The Surprisingly Gentle Science Behind New York's Plan to Sterilize Its Rats

Hitting urban rodents in their reproductive systems may be the best thing to ever happen to them.

How the Density of Your County Affects How You Vote

There's a decisive break between Democratic and Republican support at a population density of 800 persons/per square mile.

Bloomberg's Blind Spot on Class

From Sandy to the soda ban, the mayor really doesn't seem to be aware of his own subtext.

Homeless in the Suburbs: 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.

Invention of the Day: A Bladeless Windmill

Could this be the answer to urban wind power enthusiasts?

The Surprising Way Architects Are Using 3D Printers

They let architects dream up all sorts of fantastic structures that would be either too difficult or too expensive to make with conventional methods.

Do School Districts Matter?

According to a new study, their quality has little effect on student performance.

Good Friday Around the World

Images from Pakistan, Spain and France, among others.

An Innovative Model for Helping a City's Most Vulnerable

Social impact bonds infuse private capital into public-sector activities, helping build a better safety net while reducing the state’s burden.

The Tiny House Movement, Taken to Its Logical Extreme

Portlandia sends up our quest for ever-smaller digs.

Here's a Bicycle You Assemble From Big Sheets of Plywood

This award-winning Dutch bike snaps together like one of those plastic airplane models that kids make.

Is Google Maps Changing Our Behavior?

For better or worse, people sacrifice spatial orientation for convenience.

Are London's Public Buses the New Prozac?

Taking the bus makes people feel more social and less lonely, researchers say.