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China's Dirty Water

A third of industrial waste water is released, without treatment, into rivers and lakes.

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The High Cost of Beijing's Empty Bird's Nest

The celebrated venue costs $11 million a year to maintain.

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Text Yourself Into This Public Art Show

A roving exhibit lets anyone write in.

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Is Toronto's Mayor a Barrier to Good Planning?

As the city finally hires a new chief planner, concerns about politics persist.

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Can Light Rail Carry a City's Transit System?

It can if it's built right, as in Portland or San Diego, and new research explains why.

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The Geography of Bars and Restaurants

America's best cities for eating and drinking, according to Trulia.

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The Secrets Frackers Are Allowed to Keep

How much do you know about natural gas drilling? Turns out, it depends a lot on what state you live in.

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Living in Some Parts of Chicago Can Take More Than a Decade Off Your Life

Invariably, the impact falls the hardest on low-income minorities.

Brooklyn Volcano Claims a Sacrificial Car

One more reason not to park over a manhole.

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Timelapse of the Day: A Trip Around Paris

Mayeul Akpovi's cameras travel as they shoot, sliding through the freeze-framed city.

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Death for the World's Largest Eco-Bathroom

All the bathroom news that's fit to print.

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Introducing the Concrete Watch

Wear the sidewalk on your wrist.

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Unravel Your Home's History

10 tricks for figuring out your home's back story.

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How the Internet Could Save America's Small Towns

Broadband offers the possibility, though not the guarantee, of connecting remote regions of the country in a new way to the national and global economy.

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Beach Volleyball Bikinis and Women's Bodies in Public Space

The perception of women’s bodies as public property to be commented upon and regulated is one of the universal undercurrents of urban life.

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Is London's Air Up to Snuff?

How does England's air quality compare to that of past hosts, and could it affect athletes?

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Why India's Massive Power Outages Get Fixed More Quickly Than D.C.'s

India's lights are back on within hours, not days.

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What India's Massive Power Outage Looks Like

Due to a massive grid failure, half of India's population is without power.

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Metrocards Could Be Pieces of a Gigantic Urban Puzzle

A Brooklyn design firm proposes a clever way to combine advertising and adventuring.