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Barack Obama and Ray Kelly Are Saying the Exact Opposite Things on Racial Profiling

Two parallel conversations on race, violence, and stop-and-frisk.

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If Anyone Deserves Their Own Holiday, It's Rat Catchers

A brief history of the least glamorous occupational holiday.


A Child in Seattle Has a Much Better Chance of Escaping Poverty Than a Child in Atlanta

A vast new national study showing how income mobility dramatically varies by city.

A Graffiti Love Letter to Brooklyn

Building-sized art, in all caps.


Mexico Has a Dog Kidnapping Problem

Animal care organizations report a quadrupling of kidnappings in recent years, buoyed by robust ransom opportunities.

Courtesy of Justice for Families

A New Way of Understanding 'Eyes on the Street'

Turning neighbors into the "eyes and ears of the police" can actually reinforce fear and violence.


Police Geese: This Chinese Crime-Fighting Plan Isn’t as Ridiculous as It Sounds

Turns out they actually make excellent guards against approaching strangers since outsiders cannot calm them into silence.


Don't Let Bankruptcy Fool You: Detroit's Not Dead

The city's fiscal crisis is an opportunity to harness the region's economic promise.

This Glasgow Demolition Could Also Be a Gnarly Music Video

You're not born to rock unless you can do it from the center of a choking cloud of demolition dust.

The Transit Project That New York Mayoral Candidates Should Be Talking About

The so-called "X line" subway route could carry some 76,000 riders a day through the outer boroughs.


Twitter Can Tell Whether Your Community Is Happy or Not

The results of a study of 82 million tweets from 1,300 counties.


How Keeping Track of Slumlords Became One Baltimore Woman's Full-Time Job

Carol Ott spends her days publicly shaming bad property owners, despite hate mail and death threats.

Here's How Wickedly, Deadly Hot America's Been This Week

On Friday, New York's power grid experienced its busiest day ever as miserable, sweaty people blasted their air conditioning.


'When Will My City Fit Me, Daddy?': 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.


Drunk-Driving Deterrent of the Day: Nightclub Urine Analysis

A Singapore nightclub developed a high-tech method of preventing drunk driving, and apparently it works.


The Most Thrilling City Council Commercial Ever

Courtesy the town of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.


Judge: Detroit's Bankruptcy Filing Is Unconstitutional

Citing the state's constitution, which bars actions that would reduce the pensions of public employees, a Michigan judge blocked the historic filing.

Berri Chiller

This Might Be the Most Impressive Pop-Up Park We've Ever Seen

In Brooklyn, a one-year installation houses a bike park, an urban farm, a lawn for movie screenings, and a placid green space.

David Hotson Architects

These Houses With Slides in Them Would Make Anyone Giddy

Need to get from the bedroom into the foyer? Try one of these quirky chutes.