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Introducing CityLab

We're getting ready to launch a new series on city-level experimentation around the world, and we need your help.

Booming Asian Cities Are Tugging The World's Center of Light East

The light of urban development seen from space can tell us much about the shape of the world's economy.

Will America's Oil Boom Save Its Manufacturing Sector?

It may actually make it sicker.

Berlin's Subway: 'An Underground Art Gallery'

Each of the U-Bahn's 173 stations comes with its own design.

The End of Private Schools?

Enrollment is declining, and charter schools are the most likely culprit.

Sorry L.A., You Won't Be Getting That Modern Art 'Super-Museum' After All

The troubled Museum of Contemporary Art just rejected an offer to merge with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The Economic Case for Paying Your Cashiers $40K a Year

Companies like Trader Joe's and Costco are proving that the decision to offer low wages is a choice, not an economic necessity.

The Next Marijuana Legalization Fight? Copenhagen vs. the Rest of Denmark

The city wants to wrest the soft drugs trade away from criminal gangs, but the national government may not let it proceed.

How Park-and-Ride Encourages Car Use

A new study finds that people who used to make the whole trip by bike or transit now drive to the station.

New York Graffiti Crew Redecorates an Abandoned Theme Park

TrustoCorp totally had its way with the old Rock-a-Hoola water park in California's Mojave Dessert.

The Istanbul That Might Have Been, and Might Still Be

A book of unbuilt Ottoman-era architectural and engineering plans sheds surprising light on the current building boom in Turkey’s largest city.

Can a Booming Bay Area Avoid Running Out of Water?

San Francisco's sources of drinking water are threatened on multiple fronts.

Crazy Urban Video Game of the Day: Play a Street Vendor in 'Cart Life'

A "retail simulation" that tells stories of "social stratification, food, romance, money and death."

How the Young Get Left Out of the Wealth Puzzle

The average wealth of today's 20 and 30-somethings is 7 percent below that of those in their 20s and 30s in 1983.

America's Infrastructure Earns a 'D+', Which Is Actually an Improvement

The nation's engineers surprise everyone with a slightly less dismal outlook on the state of our infrastructure.

Central Asia Rings in the New Year By Jumping, Repeatedly, Over Giant Fires

The start of spring comes with its own set of traditions.

Energy-Efficient Homes Are Much Less Likely to Go Into Default

Should federal mortgage guidelines take this into account?

The Geography of March Madness

Maps highlight which teams have the biggest reach.

A Photographer Sees Tiny Planets in San Francisco's Rusty Fire Hydrants

Finding worlds in aging infrastructure.