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The Potential Perils of Rapid-Fire Urbanization

Former Barcelona mayor Joan Clos warns that a lack of urban planning could turn our expanding cities into powder kegs.

The 2 Battles That Helped Launch the Environmental Movement

From the Love Canal disaster to Greenpeace's efforts to save the whales and beyond, a new documentary tracks the rise of environmentalism.

The Uncertain Future of Public Roads

More and more states are privatizing highways and roads. Whether that's a good thing or a bad thing is a matter of increasing debate.

Telling the Story of Inequality on Public Transit, With Maps

A mash-up of poverty rates and transit quality from San Francisco.

Does Having Lots of Local Governments Help or Hurt Economic Development?

The number of local governments per capita is negatively correlated with key measures of state economic performance.

Bars Are the Secret to Thriving Downtowns: The 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.

Beastie Boy Commemoration of the Day: Adam Yauch Park

No sleep til Brooklyn.

The Pittsburgh Pirates Videos That'll Make You Kind of Love the City

The baseball team ditched CGI ship fights for streetscapes and signature Pittsburgh imagery.

D.C.'s Elegant Metro Map Suffers From Growing Pains

WMATA's new design proposals foretell a busier, uglier future.

The Non-Evolution of The New York Times #HipsterRead

A brave journey into The Grey Lady's archives.

Terrifying Images From California's Latest Wildfires

Already, 10,000 acres of the Los Angeles area have been torched.

How Americans' Taste in Houses Has Evolved Over the Last Century

From tin ceilings to pot shelves.

L.A. Wants to Turn Its Concrete 'River' Into a Real River

But bureaucratic snares and funding mishaps have jeopardized the process.

Why the 'Rent Is Too Damn High' Guy Still Matters

As zany and unrealistic as his campaign is, the message is undeniably, brutally true.

This Is What a 'Complete Streets' Campaign Should Look Like

In Miami Beach, grassroots activists have put together a powerful campaign for roads that suit bikers and walkers, along with cars.

A Funeral Car Named 'Descanso,' or, When Death Rode the Rails in America

In the first decades of the 20th century, if you died in a city, you may have traveled toward your final resting place via public transit.

The Insanely Clear-Cut Case for Region-Based Immigration Visas

State governments are in a far better position to understand the immigration needs of the towns and cities within their borders.

The Best New Architecture in the Muslim World

From Indonesia to Morocco, twenty examples of great design via the Aga Khan Award shortlist.

Why Segregation Is Bad for Everyone

Even wealthy people in the suburbs.