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The Risky Business of Parking Lot Creation

A wetlands restoration project in Boston is a cautionary tale about making bad decisions in the first place.

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Contest of the Day: Design L.A.'s Official Condom Wrapper

A city branding effort people might actually care about.

Courtesy: Scouting NY

America's Most Elegant McDonald's

A fast food restaurant in a century-old Georgian mansion.

Stephen Walter

The Invisible Underworld of London

Artist Stephen Walter maps the city below the surface.

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The (Flooded) City as Obstacle Course

Heavy rain has transformed even the most mundane urban tasks into a challenge.

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This Week in Bans: New York City's Surge in the War Against Fatty Foods

Also, the first protester is banned from the London Olympics; shameful Japanese bureaucrats can't drink alcohol for a month; a California city outlaws charity.

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An App to Help You Lose Yourself in the City

Drift wants you to "unfamiliarize" yourself in familiar places.

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Why a Good Bar Is Essential to Sustainable Communities

A "third space" that encourages socialization, its easy access reduces emissions as well as drunk driving.

Courtesy: Pew

Why Some States Are More Economically Mobile Than Others

The impact of income, class, and religion.

When Automotive 'Drifting' Goes Horribly Wrong, in Saudi Arabia

Could this be the worst car accident ever put to video?

A Tourist's Guide For Your City's Mundane, Obscure Attractions

A handful of new travel companies ask what you'd learn if you approached the mundane in your own neighborhood like a tourist.

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Can a Rap Video Make Fort Wayne Cool?

Haunted by negative top ten lists, the Indiana city tries to convince kids it's a place worth making a life in.

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Rant of the Day: Washington's Bikeshare Is for Smug Socialists

A local journalist offers a strange diatribe against D.C.'s bikeshare program.

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The Urban Health Desert

Without better planning, health disparities between rich and poor neighborhoods will continue to grow.

Luke Jerram

A Public Sculpture That Moans and Howls in the Wind

Luke Jerram's wind-powered "Aeolus" looks like the result of smashing together a pipe organ and a porcupine.

Julie Roth

What's the Difference Between a Parking Lot and a Playground?

Not much, according to one urban hactivist, as long as you've got some white tape and shopping carts.

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A Citywide Party for the Queen's Jubilee

Londoners prepare for a weekend of festivities.

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Are Cities Losing Power to States?

According to a new survey of public officials, city governments face new restrictions from states.

Courtesy: Zillow

A Fresh Look at Where Americans Are Underwater

A county-level look at where homes are worth less than the debt owed on them.