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How Cash-Strapped Cities Will Handle Terrorism

At New York Ideas, Ray Kelly says we should be prepared for more cameras — and smarter cameras.

The Harrowing Tale of a Manhunt Through the Tunnels of Harlem

An alleged jewel thief dodged the police by sprinting through the city's subway tunnels -- all while wearing handcuffs.

An Online-Sales Tax May Not Help Brick-and-Mortar Retailers After All

The sales tax bill will raise billions for states. But whether it will help retailers regain customers lost to the web is another question altogether.

A Gun Giveaway Program, Coming to a City Near You

A Houston nonprofit wants to test the theory that a fully armed neighborhood is a safer one.

Luminous Shots of Grain Elevators Like You've Never Seen Them Before

A Buffalo light show aims to turn the city's symbols of decline into a flashy tourist draw.

Your Rush-Hour Commute as an Animated Cartoon

A playful take on serious transit data.

Delicious Map of the Day: A Pizza Map of All the Pizza Places in Atlanta

Sarah Lawrence, a design student, also created a cake map of the city's bakeries.

Today's California Supreme Court Decision Gives Cities the Right to Shut Down Marijuana Dispensaries

The ruling came down to concerns over land use, not weed.

40-Year-Old Images Show East Boston Grappling With an Expanding Logan Airport

The photographer, while visiting the site again in 2010 said, "none of this is familiar."

Why Your 'Green Lifestyle' Choices Don't Really Matter

All the upcycling in the world can't alter the fact that fossil fuels are safely embedded at the center of our global energy system.

Will Mumbai's Tallest Skyscraper Be Its Greenest Too?

The proposed 116-story Imperial Tower will offer a slew of sustainable options.

Where Working Households Are Struggling the Most to Pay Their Rent

More than a quarter of America's working renter households now spend a majority of their income on rent.

If Martin Amis Is Actually Tired of Brooklyn, He's Probably Barely Seen It

Stop stereotyping the borough and start actually exploring it, you ninnies.

Silicon Valley's Downtown Dilemma

Can the city densify and improve connectivity without losing its character and funky mix of ethnic eateries and small businesses?

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.