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London Heatwave Causes Problems for Olympics Tourists

Relatively high temperatures cause train problems and worsen ticket queues. 

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Mayor Pays City Employees By Raffle

Good luck!

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For 'Fast Sausage and Mash,' a Cockney ATM

One company will offer Olympics visitors ATMs equipped with the East London dialect.

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The U.S. Airports Most Likely To Influence the Spread of Global Disease

The worst culprits aren't necessarily the ones you'd expect.

A Man Builds, and Rebuilds, an Ideal City in LEGO

Scott Crawford created a model of his ideal Jackson, Mississippi - a pedestrian-friendly spot with lots of bike lanes and solar panels.

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Why Hosting the Olympics Is Bad for Cities

Don't count on gaining much from your moment in the sporting sun.

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15 Years Later, Once War-Torn Srebrenica Rebuilds

Side-by-side photos of the city then and now.

A Restaurant With Diners On Display

Designers create a "place to be seen" in Toronto.

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What the London Grindr Outage Shows Us About Gay City Life

GPS-enabled apps have changed the going-out culture in the city.

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This English Town Could Cut Your Carbon Emissions By Half

Smart design will reduce heat energy use, electricity use and water consumption.

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Indian Town Not Liking Family Who Lives in Public Bathroom

Our weekly dump of public-restroom news.

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America's Top Creative Class States

Creative class residents gather on the east and west coasts.

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George Lucas's Lesson to NIMBYs: Careful What You Wish For

The filmmaker lost a long-running zoning battle with his California neighbors. Now they may get something they want even less than a movie studio in their back yard: low-income housing.

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New Research Finds Urban Form Plays Little Role in Sustainability

The compactness of cities may not be a determining factor when it comes to energy use.

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Study of the Day: Online Ordering Is Making You Fat

Poor, too.

Mapping Tokyo's Train System in Slime Mold

In the future, urban planners could lose their jobs to ultra-efficient slime molds.

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Why Soup Kitchens Serve So Much Venison

The unlikely but unmistakably American intersection of bow hunting, pest control and hunger relief.

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G4S Gets the Boot in Newcastle

Local vendors will replace the embattled Olympics security company at soccer venue St. James' Park.

The Grossest Hotel in New Orleans Meets an Explosive End

The Grand Palace Hotel on Canal Street will no longer house rats, bedbugs and "black goo."