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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.


The New Geography of Gay Marriage Still Looks a Lot Like the Old One

Without a constitutional protection, America's familiar cultural divides may only grow deeper.


Internet Car Start-Ups Look to L.A.'s New Mayor for a Helping Hand

Will Eric Garcetti push for a reconciliation between the regulatory system, the existing industry and the new entrants?

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Fantasy Versions of New York, Continuously Scrambled

Multimedia artist Brian Foo's latest project explores how urban forms shapes our lives.


A Major Moment for Gay Rights

Crowds gathered at San Francisco's City Hall and outside the U.S. Supreme Court to watch and then celebrate today's landmark rulings.


What If You Could Reserve Your Daily Commute Like a Table at a Restaurant?

It's not as crazy as it might sound.

Map: The Most Famous Brand From Every State

The first map we've ever seen showing a Hooters next to Saks.

Green Spaces That Actually Calm the Mind and Body

After 20 years of creating retreats from the stress of urban living, the TKF Foundation has an intuitive sense of what makes them work.


London Has an Impossibly Weird House That Defies Physics

OK, who dropped acid into England's water supply?

10 Brilliant Pieces of Bike Infrastructure

Super-highways, car-shaped holding pens, and more.


Our Awkward Housing Recovery

Some good and bad news from a new report on the state of the nation's housing.


Watch Out, EasyJet: Europe's Newer, Faster Trains Are Gunning For You

European rail travel is often more expensive and harder to book than cheap, no-frills plane tickets. But that's about to change.

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Survey of the Day: Younger Americans Want Great Library Programs and Spaces More Than E-Books

How the future of the country sees the future of of public libraries.


Chicago's Stanley Cup Celebrations Got a Little Nuts

Among the alleged fan transgressions: throwing beer bottles and cans at police horses.