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Gus Petro

This Is What It Would Look Like If You Dropped Manhattan Into the Grand Canyon



Drought Policy Of the Day: Get Paid to Kill Your Lawn

L.A. homeowners can trade green (lawns) for green (cash). 

Gary Cameron/Reuters

The Sequester's Devastating Impact on America's Poor

It's fashionable to say the mandatory budgets cuts haven't been the predicted disaster. Cuts to programs like Head Start suggest otherwise.


It's Not Just Zimmerman: Race Matters a Lot in 'Stand Your Ground' Verdicts

The Trayvon Martin case and how the definition of justice differs across America.


Is There Really an Upside to Manhattan's Unaffordability?

A provocative argument on Bloomberg's legacy.

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Map: Oysters, Reefs, and Swamps Protect Billions' Worth of Real Estate—For Free

Natural coastal ecosystems are protecting twice as much coastline and 1.4 million people from climate risks. 

Kaid Benfield

The Important Difference Between a Public Space and a 'Common'

On building places that give a community its identity, and knit us together.


'We Are All Trayvon'

Across the country, protesters rage at the acquittal of George Zimmerman.

Jennifer Hattam

Centuries-Old Gardens Are the Latest Battleground in Istanbul

The ongoing debate raises bigger questions about who benefits from the city's changing landscape.

Mathieu Tremblin

This Is Not a Watermark: Meet French Street Artist Mathieu Tremblin

A look into the mind of the often subtle urban interventionist. 

Jeabyun Yeon/Electrolux

How Design Students See Gadgets Grappling With the Future of Urban Pollution

Breathing walls, noise-to-music converters, and more.


The Unsettling Link Between Sprawl and Suicide

New research finds that as population density decreases, the suicide rate among young people goes up.


The Threat of Gated Communities

The neighborhood where Trayvon Martin died is the kind of place where people choose to live when they want to be safe – from crime, from outsiders, from economic uncertainty. Of course, it doesn’t always work that way.


New Rent Laws Aim to Keep Paris From Becoming Only for the Rich

France looks set to implement a series of groundbreaking laws designed to induce landlords to rent to a wider variety of income levels.


What's the Most-Loved Burger in Your City?

This map of Twitter data will show you.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Why We Need to Treat America's Poorest Neighborhoods Like Developing Countries

Life expectancy can vary as much as 25 years within some cities. And our current solutions are barely having an impact.

Los Angeles Man's Chandelier Tree Is a 'Magical Playground'

Circus worker Adam Tenenbaum's front yard has become a neighborhood gathering place due to one really weird art tree.

A Beautiful, Bewitching Map of Portland's Aging Buildings

Justin Palmer takes a digital chainsaw to Portland and shows the world its rings.


The Mystery That Haunts a Brooklyn Bar: 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.