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Even Teenagers Don't Want to Go to Malls Anymore

Big box stores are in desperate need of reinvention. But a handful of communities might have figured out the fix.


The Jersey Shore Almost Looks Like Its Old Self Again

Thanks to the gigantic Sandy Relief bill and Governor Chris Christie's insistence on rebuilding, much of the area has made progress.

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The Time the Teacher's Union Saved New York From Bankruptcy

In October 1975, only the whims of a union leader separated the city from default.


There Will Always Be a Place for Great Bookstores

The business of publishing and selling books will continue its radical change. But some things are eternal.


The Exquisite Geometry of Global Flight Paths

As revealed by a billion dots of color.

Kirk Krippens

How to Photograph a Bankrupt City

Kirk Crippens has been taking pictures of Stockton, California, since its housing bubble famously burst.

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Cities Might Not Be as Prepared as They Think for a Bioterrorism Attack

Smallpox maliciously released in London would spread to several countries before governments could intervene, a new model predicts.

Mark Byrnes

How Squirrels, Pigeons, and Rats Are All Smarter Than You

A field guide to the surprising mental abilities of the most common animals living among us.

Greg Thow

The Story Behind That Incredible Photo of Denver's Colossal Cloud

Believe it or not, little digital trickery was involved in the making this image of a monster cumulonimbus dominating Denver.


Anthony Weiner and the Forever Scandal

Of course, there are new graphic photos and messages. In the political scandals of the future, the leaks come long and slow.


Bike Gadget of the Day: A Light That'll Live Forever

This new solar-powered device is infinitely re-chargable.


Yet More Evidence of Peak Car

Not only do we now own fewer cars. We're also driving each of them less.


Could You Run Your City on Oats?

What metros can learn from universities' efforts to go green.


Armenia's Biggest Celebrities Are Offering People Free Rides Around Yerevan

The program, dubbed Free Car, is part of a public transit strike to protest huge fare hikes.


The Most Dangerous Commute in the World?

A glimpse at the risks Palestinians take to get to work in Israel.


Poverty Hurts Kids More Than Being Born to Moms on Cocaine

The conclusion to a long-running study of "crack babies" in Philadelphia.


Celebrate the Royal Baby With Barf Bags and £650 Porcelain Cats

The occasionally precious, often bizarre knick-knacks now for sale in London to celebrate the birth of an heir.

Garrett Ziegler

The Secret Museum Tucked Into One of New York City's Elevators

Exhibits include objects made by or for U.S. prisoners, fake vomit from around the world, and a series of stolen tip jars.


First Responders in San Diego Have Rolled in Late to Thousands of Emergencies

This is what happens when the money dries up.