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'Transit' Might Not Be Essential to Transit-Oriented Development

A new study suggests rail proximity matters less than walkability, mixed-use development, and limited parking spots.

A Massive Implosion Visible From Manhattan

Demolition crews exploded the tallest building on Governors Island this weekend to make way for new parkland.

New Cities Foundation

Congratulations to Colab, Winner of the 2013 AppMyCity! Prize

The app aims to connect citizens to their local governments in new ways.


Visualizing the Stunning Growth of 8 Years of OpenStreetMap

Of course, these people know how to map their own mapping exploits.

Chat Travieso

The Tiny, Tri-Lingual Library Hidden on New York's Lower East Side

A bite-sized bookshelf greets readers in English, Spanish and Chinese.

What on Earth!

Dystopian Cartoon of the Day: When Cars Ruled the World

And humans were just tiny little parasites, trying to hitch a ride.


Why the Feds Agreed to Spend TARP Money on Demolishing Michigan's Empty Buildings

There's admittedly a certain irony in tearing down houses with funds marked to keep people in houses.

Metcalf, Box, Evans

5 Maps That Show How Divided America Really Is

Breaking down the country by income, inequality, poverty and education.

Sophie Quinton

How Milwaukee Could Transform Itself Into the 'Silicon Valley' of Fresh Water

Inside the city's ambitious plans to become a hub of water-related technology and innovation.

Jennifer Hattam

Occupy Istanbul? Inside the Growing Mini-City at Gezi Park

There are tents, libraries, free food, even free hugs. But how long will it be allowed to last?


Portraits of Desperation: Unemployed and Homeless in Greece

An unsettling peek at the human toll of Europe's economic crisis.

Courtesy of the College for Creative Studies

Could Detroit Become America's Design Capital?

The century-old College for Creative Studies is helping to make that vision a reality.


The Brutal Fight to Save Cairo's Arts Scene

How the firing of the director of the Cairo Opera prompted hundreds to take to the streets in protest.


Many of America's Worst Counties for Racially Biased Marijuana Arrests Are Urban

Some extraordinarily depressing police statistics.


Tropical Storm Andrea Is a Wuss

Oh, the (non) horror!


Every Library and Museum in America, Mapped

America's collection of museums and libraries is actually super impressive when you look at it on a map.

John Peter Oleson

Could a 2,000-Year-Old Recipe for Cement Be Superior to Our Own?

In search of the secret to Ancient Roman construction.


The Real Reason Cities Are Centers of Innovation

GDP and patents in cities usually grow at a faster rate than population. But why?


808 Cities, 2,503 Shows, and 1,007,416 Miles: The Staggering Geography of Bob Dylan's 'Never Ending Tour'

An interactive guide to all the cities and set lists over the past 25 years.