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30 Minutes on Mass Transit in 20 World Cities

Visualize how far you can get on public transportation in the time you have.

Reuters

How and Why American Cities Are Coming Back

A conversation with Alan Ehrenhalt, author of The Great Inversion, on what it means for communities across America.

Hinode/XRT

The Solar Eclipse on Sunday: Will Your City Be Able to See It?

A yawning black hole opening up in the dead center of the sun is on the bill for May 20.

Micheline Maynard

Downtown Toledo's Minor League Mojo

Minor league ballparks can thrive when combined with a passionate local sports culture and an already improving downtown.

Filthy Luker

Heart-Stopping Art of the Day: Giant Inflatable Tentacles

An artist from the U.K. makes it look as if buildings are being strangled by a malignant Kraken.

Could Electric Truck Lanes Reduce L.A.'s Horrific Pollution?

Plans are emerging for an electric-powered truck highway in the ports of L.A. and Long Beach.

Bellboy

A Chair as Adaptive Reuse

A Brooklyn-based woodshop has made a lounger out of a New York City water tower's reclaimed timber.

Reuters

How Do You Put a Price Tag on a Brand New City?

South Sudan tries to estimate the costs of building Ramciel.

REUTERS

A Queen's Reign, Through Exhibit

At London's National Portrait Gallery, the Queen gets her close-up many times over.

REUTERS

The Two Towers of London's Olympic Misgivings

An army missile turret and the unveiling of The Orbit have dominated U.K. headlines this week.

Knight Foundation

Better Technology for Planners Also Means More Citizen Participation

Bringing the public into public policy decision-making is no longer a matter of “one-and-done.”

Courtesy of Eric Jaffe

A New Yorker's (Sadly Lopsided) Scorecard of Tokyo Transportation

Some notes on six weeks of travel in and around Japan's great city.

Reuters

Even In Low-Crime Portland, Police Want Cameras

Despite pockets of crime, critics say the cameras are taking police power too far.

Shutterstock

How Smart Phones Are Turning Our Public Places Into Private Ones

Smart phones have given us a lot of great benefits, but this is not one of them.

Flickr/terratrekking

The Limits of Density

Denser cities are more productive, more innovative, and more energy efficient. But only up to a point. 

Facebook/Mac AO

Eviction of the Day: Milan's Occupied Skyscraper

The artists behind the MACAO project have officially been given the boot.

Reuters

These Cities Buy More Books Than Your City

But are they really smarter than your city?

The State of Detroit

The first installment in a five-part series featuring Richard Florida leading a conversation on the future of the Motor City.

DUS Architects

When a Bubble Becomes a Building

At a new festival in Rotterdam, the world's most fragile and temporary pavilion.