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Cockfighting in Cuba

One of Havana's most popular past times.

Was Hurricane Katrina Good for New Orleans's Schools?

Mayor Mitch Landrieu makes the case.

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London's Insane Olympics Hotel Rates Now Less Insane

As the Games approach and reality sets in for hoteliers, procrastinating tourists are starting to be rewarded.

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Of Storefronts, Soulless Banks, and the Slow Death of Nora Ephron's Upper West Side

A walk down Broadway used to be all jangle and buzz, an urban improvisation of sound and action. Now it’s more like a prerecorded loop that repeats block after block.

Simon Devitt

How to Turn a Busy Street Corner Into a Pop-Up Cinema

In Auckland, New Zealand, a micro-theater is grafted onto an existing stoop, transforming stairs into seats.

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A Quest for Consensus on Boston Neighborhood Boundaries

An interactive mapping effort tries to find where locals think their neighborhoods actually are.

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Can the Olympics Bring Affordable Housing to London?

By 2031, this summer's Olympic site should be a dense checkerboard of housing and parkland.

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What Critics Get Wrong About the Creative Class and Economic Development

The Fall of the Creative Class? Not so fast.

Matthew Benson

Debating the Local Food Movement

A new book argues that locavores are terrible for the environment, the economy and global food security.

John Metcalfe

What Really Happens After You Flush the Toilet

Your waste goes on a magical journey from becoming "mixed liquor" to "sludge cakes," as this photographic tour of Arlington County, Virginia's newly renovated wastewater plant reveals.

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Preservation Fight of the Day: Islamists Attack Ancient Mosques in Timbuktu

The Ansar Dine have seized the city and hope to "destroy every mausoleum in the city — all of them, without exception."

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New York City Fixes Mayhem-Causing Subway Stair

In a blow to the national humor reserve, Brooklyn's 36th Street stop will no longer be wantonly tripping commuters.

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Inside London's Athletes-Only Neighborhood

With limited public access until the games conclude, a preview of London's Olympic Village.

Christopher Green

More Renderings of That Skin-Crawling Insect Office Tower

It's even creepier than you might've thought.

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Why Environmental Reviews Are Slowing Down Big Projects

It takes a long time to get big infrastructure investments through the process, but it doesn't have to.

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Can Heathrow Handle the Olympics?

Lengthy waits at customs cause concern as Olympic-related traffic begins.

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How East Coasters Kept Cool This Weekend

Turning urban infrastructure into de facto cooling equipment.

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Moscow, Super-Sized

The Russian capital has officially added more than 500 square miles to its footprint.

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How Smart Should Our Maps Be?

The future of the map isn't directions, it's information.