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New York Pay Phones as Time Machines: A Perfect Metaphor

The New Museum and ad agency Droga5 are redirecting callers back to the year 1993.

Urbanist Bracket Challenge: Sweet 16

Round 2 of our gut-wrenching head-to-head matchup!

Car of the Day: A California Two-Way

This automobile is always facing forward.

Mapping the Bones of a City

Every building in Chicago, mapped by zoning, size, code violations and new construction.

The Next Housing Bubble Might Be Here

The latest measure from the S&P/Case-Shiller home price indexes shows an 8.1 percent year-over-year increase.

An On-the-Go Air Filtration System for Beijing's Bikers

The air is so bad, cyclists have taken to creating their own breathing contraptions just to get by.

Gay Marriage and the Power of Cities to Change the Country

What was once popular opinion – and public policy – in San Francisco could soon be the national norm.

How to Create an Assault Weapons Ban That Would Actually Cut Down on Violence

The 1994 Assault Weapons Ban had important, positive effects that were just beginning to take root when it expired in 2004.

After Decades of Sprawl, Density Comes to Denver

The city's push for transit-oriented development has paid off, according to a new report.

The Great Georgia-Tennessee Border War of 2013

Georgia's state senate just declared that it, not its neighbor to the north, controls part of the Tennessee River at Nickajack.

Announcing the AppMyCity! Prize

We've teamed up with the New Cities Foundation and Google to award $5,000 to the best new urban app from around the world.

In Arizona, Fear of a Transgender Toilet

Arizona wants to tie bathroom access to birth certificates; scientists sound warning about pit latrines; a municipal government does BYO toilet paper.

Class-Divided Cities: Boston Edition

The 10th in our series exploring the class divides across America's largest cities and metros.

Who Writes the Wikipedia Entries About Where You Live?

And what if it's not other people who live there?

A Cyclist's Lost Arm Becomes a Symbol of Reform in São Paulo

The mayor of Brazil's largest city pledges to stop the carnage. Will it work?

Urban Explorers Think About Public Space Differently Than We Do

Author Moses Gates on what we should be able to access.

Tunnel Opening of the Day: Bypassing Highway 1's Least Reliable Stretch

Today marks the end of roughly 75 years of on-again-off-again road closures in a suburb of San Francisco.

This Could Be the World's Most Uncomfortable Pedestrian Crossing

An underpass with a forehead-level concrete ceiling seems designed to knock out Chinese citizens.

12 Fresh Ideas for Transforming the Places We Live With Open Data

A few of the 886 proposals from the Knight Foundation's latest open government news challenge.