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The Surprising Bliss of Tour Guiding in Your Own City

When you take the time to show off your hometown, chances are you'll discover something new to love yourself.

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Mapmaker, Artist, or Programmer?

Self-described "map geek" Eric Fischer uses urban data to make some of the web's most intriguing spatial images.

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Policing the Police on Those Distracting In-Car Computers

Fort Wayne moves to limit when officers can type and stare at their on-board screens.

Public Art by Satellite

An event is documented by a Google satellite, creating a new and unnerving lens through which to view public space.

A Most Unusual Panhandling Scam

This subway beggar can't be for real.

Keita Takahashi

Life-Size Video Game of the Day: Pac-Man

The ghosts are all around you at New York's Babycastles Summit.

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Dull, Gray Pigeons in Venice Improved With Spray Paint

It's like a bird mated with a rainbow.

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The Criminalization of the RNC Protesters

Tampa's excessive police presence is having a "chilling effect."

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Los Angeles Rids Its Schools of Styrofoam: This Week in Bans

Also, a British tractor thief gets his comeuppance and a Nigerian church freaks out over bombs in women's headdresses.

Henry Grabar

Why Has Scandinavia's Biggest Development Project Abandoned its Master Plan?

The signature piece of Copenhagen's enormous Ørestad experiment, by Polish-American architect Daniel Libeskind, is no more.

Watch a Drawn Time-Lapse of Lower Manhattan Unfold Before Your Eyes

"Empire State of Pen," by Patrick Vale, captures the frenzied movements of creation.

Anthony Flint

Why Mitt Romney Should Love France's Approach to Infrastructure Funding

Here, you pay for the roads and resources you use, thanks to innovative public-private partnerships.

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Multigenerational Communities or Bust

Cities that don't work for people of all ages risk stagnating in the past.

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New Orleans After the Storm

Pictures from the city as it weathered Hurricane Isaac.

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The Surprising Spending Habits of India's Rural Population

For the first time in two decades, rural spending is growing faster than urban spending. How can this be?

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The Case for Eliminating Disabled Parking Placards

They invite fraud, drain city revenue, and often fail to help those who need it most — new research proposes an alternative.

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Why You Shouldn't Let Your Dog Pee on Trees

An investigation of how canine urine contributes to urban plant death.

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Dubai's Misguided Effort to Motivate its Bus Drivers

A nice idea in theory that's nonetheless super unsafe.

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The Future of Aerial Mapmaking: Cheap Helium Balloons

A $95 DIY kit can help you map your city with higher resolution than Google Earth can.