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How Honest Is Your City?

An experiment tests the honor system across a wide range of demographics and places.

A Book Labyrinth Dissolves Back Into a Forest

Over the past two years, the books have molded and mildewed while gigantic orange mushrooms sprout from their pages.

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Shooting at Empire State Building: What Will Happen If Injured Bystanders Sue the NYPD?

A recent ruling suggests the courts would support the officers' actions at the Empire State Building, should a lawsuit arise.

Keith Bedford / Reuters

America's Leading College Towns

Mapping the metros with the largest share and largest number of college students.

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Nabe or Hood? A Brief History of Shortening 'Neighborhood'

Finding the origins of nabe proved easier than explaining its current popularity.

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Are Our Transit Maps Tricking Us?

Subway maps distort the reality on the ground for all kinds of reasons. What happens when we make decisions based on them?

Jordan Segall

How an Exclusive Los Angeles Suburb Lost Its Whiteness

The once homogenous community of San Marino has been rapidly diversifying for decades.

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Convention Towns, Zoning Overhauls, and Physics Experiments: The Best #CityReads of the Week

Our weekly look back at the stories you may have missed.

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Maps of the Day: 33,000 of Them, At Your Disposal

This is the coolest website in the world.

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The Summer of the Gun

The problem is not that the rest of the world seems so meaningless, it's how numbed we've become to the horror stories in our midst.

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The Future Lies in Wood Pulp

The material could change nearly everything we use.

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It's Valentine's Day in China

Mass weddings, bears eating hearts, kissing contests and more.

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Why Are Champaign-Urbana's Jaywalking Arrests Almost All Black?

Between 2007 and 2011, about 90 percent of those arrested were African American. How did this happen?

Courtesy: Office of Charlie Rangel

A Brief History of the Birth of Urban Planning

The field first started in America as the purview of three very different types of thinkers.

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The Ritzy Seoul Neighborhood at the Heart of South Korea's Music Video Sensation

The song is a sly send-up of Gangnam's self-importance and ostentatious wealth.

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Is a VMT Tax a Good Idea?

San Francisco is the latest city to consider a vehicle-miles traveled fee system.

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The Rise of the Majority-Asian Suburb

In southern California, the number of Asian suburbs is growing rapidly.

The Path of Tropical Storm Isaac: Will the GOP Get Drenched?

An update on the chances that an awful lot of comb-overs could get blown to smithereens.

Robert Galbraith / Reuters

America's Leading High-Tech, Venture Capital Centers

New data tracks the geography of technology investment.