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A Sustainable City With Cars and Low-Density Homes? It's Possible

A new report explains exactly how.

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The Saddest, Most Inspiring Story You'll Ever Read About Thumb Wrestling

James "Tigermonkey" Isaacs was having a rough year. Then he started thumb wrestling.


Hungry? Here's a Map of Every Urban Plant You Can Snack On

Cataloging the fruits, nuts, and herbs hidden in the sidewalk foliage.


12 Very Real Voter-Suppression Tactics Experts Now Worry Will Come Back

These are exactly the kinds of policies the Voting Rights Act was designed to prevent.

Ambitious Crowdfunding Goal of the Day: $2 Million for the Cardboard Bicycle

This world-changing invention is more expensive than we remembered.

Sarah Goodyear

Why I Rushed to Stonewall to Celebrate the DOMA Decision, Along With Thousands of Others

In the hours after DOMA was struck down, social media wasn't enough. I needed to go somewhere to share the elation I felt.

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The Charming, Forgotten Remains of Route 66

Shells of wigwam hotels, drive-in theaters, and hokey gift shops.


A Small Number of People Are Causing a Huge Share of Our Greenhouse Emissions

Blame their big houses and outsized driving habits.

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Homes Near Public Transit Are Less Likely to Go Into Default

Also, living near a freeway or suffering through long commutes ups your risk of foreclosure.


New York's Stop-and-Frisk War Has Reached the Breaking Point

The City Council passed a policy to severely curtail the practice.


Dutch Coffee Shop Owners Found Guilty of Selling Cannabis to Foreigners

The country's reputation as a haven of drug tolerance took a knock yesterday.

Peep at These Fantastic Vintage City Panoramas

You won't find better old cityscapes than the ones in this Library of Congress collection.

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San Francisco's City Hall Is Now a Technicolor Rainbow

Never has a hub of governance looked so fabulous.

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Suburbia in Sand: Choose Your Own Metaphor

An art installation on San Francisco's China Beach examines the tract home as a symbol for the American Dream.


Going (Really, Really) Green: Earth's Plant Life, as Seen From Space

Satellite images of vegetation can help to forecast droughts and fires and even diseases.


Is the U.S. Turning Into a Nation of Temps? Depends on Where You Live

Temporary employment accounted for 15 percent of the nation's job growth over the past four years, but some metro areas are worse off than others.

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Awesome Impromptu Soccer Field of the Day: One Made of Lasers

Here's one way to activate public space at night.


Brazilian Protesters Say Their Mass Transit Systems Are a Mess. Here's What That Looks Like

A day in the life of Brazil's subway and bus commuters.


Transit Agencies Are Finally Fighting Back Against an Infamous Patent Troll

The American Public Transportation Association has filed a lawsuit to halt "frivolous" cases brought by a mysterious company based in Luxembourg.