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Making Cities Sing

Arts spending alone can’t stimulate economic growth. But a city’s architecture, public spaces, and artistic institutions are among its most priceless resources.

Climate Desk

From the Ashes, a Call to Heed Climate Change

Amid the wreckage of his home, a Colorado fire victim wants to warn future generations.

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London's Impending Police State

Will Olympic security measures go too far?

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We Built Way Too Many Cultural Institutions During the Good Years

A comprehensive new report takes a critical look at our oversupply of museums, performing arts centers, and theaters.

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Price Tag of the Day: $6 Million

That's how much New York's 4th of July fireworks cost, according to Fox Business.

Why Do We Keep Making Abominable Olympic Theme Songs?

One-upmanship is probably to blame.

A Practical Guide to 4th of July Fireworks Etiquette

Don't, for example, ingest fireworks. Do dive on top of blasters aimed straight for the crowds.

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Colorado, After the Fires

Pictures of the wildfire destruction.

Advice to Aspirational Mega-Cities

They are our future. Here's what we need to do to make sure America's regions stay on track.

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The Underground New York Public Library

A subway-hopping photographer memorializes reading riders on a Tumblr blog.

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9 Utterly Bizarre Museums

Voodoo, skulls, tattooed skin and more oddities from cities around the world.

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London Mayor's Olympic Message to Tube Riders: 'There Is Going to Be Huge Pressure on the Transport Network'

Transit riders will get to hear the mayor's voice on their trips throughout the Olympics.

Happy 4th of July! From the World's Premiere Gunpowder Artist

Cai Guo-Qiang transforms fireworks into eardrum-shattering "smoke paintings" in cities across the world.

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Repetitive Debate of the Day: Why Hasn't Washington, D.C. Buried its Power Lines?

After yet another days-long mass power outage, it's naturally time to have the same argument all over again.

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The Locations and Ranges of London's Olympic Missiles

The U.K. is planning to protect its upcoming Olympics with missiles. Here's where they're shooting from and how far they can fly.

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Weirdest Idea to Save Detroit Yet: Zombies

"People just want to live for a day in a zombie apocalypse," explains Mark Siwak, the braaaaains behind Z World Detroit.

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Meet Seattle's 'Baby London Eye'

The city's newest attraction hopes to lure tourists to its waterfront despite a massive construction project nearby.

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The Social Side of Urban Earthquake Risk

Creating a better measure of non-physical urban factors in post-earthquake damage.

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Rents Now Rising Even Faster Than Home Prices

Metros where housing is already expensive, especially in California and the Pacific Northwest, are seeing the biggest increases in average rents.