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Where a Billion People Still Live Without Electricity

Many of them in urban areas.

Sophie Quinton

Fixing a Neighborhood by Strengthening Its Social Ties

Taking small actions that give people a sense of pride in their neighborhood isn't a crazy starting point for uplifting a community like Lindsay Heights.

'Get Lost, You Little Bastard': Brussels and Paris Locked in a Hilarious Insult Throwdown

Is the capital of the EU really just Europe’s capital of ugly? French writers say yes; Brussels fires back.


Rescuers Dig Through Rubble After 2 Buildings Collapse in Philadelphia

A four-story structure undergoing demolition collapsed onto a thrift store in Center City this morning.


Venezuela's Still Suffering an Extreme Toilet Paper Shortage

"What do they expect us to use? Banana leaves?"

A New Court Ruling Could Have Big Implications in the Fight Against Sprawl

A judge rules that Wisconsin can't enlarge a major freeway without studying the project's impact on sprawl and public transit users.


The Rob Ford Crack Cocaine Video Is Out of Reach ... For Now

According to Gawker, the sellers are "running scared."


Santa Fe Is Squished in a Sandwich of Fire

New Mexico's major wildfires are covering the city with plumes of acrid smoke.

The Atlantic Cities

Can You Spot the Hidden Parking Garage on This San Francisco House?

Hint: Think of Transformers.

Carlo Allegri/Reuters

The Biggest Obstacle to Cycling's Egalitarian Aspirations? Distance

Biking as a class issue isn't going away; on the contrary, it's just beginning.

Maureen Wilson/Jason Leach

Painting Your Own Crosswalk: Crime or Civic Opportunity?

A man was jailed for painting a crosswalk at a dangerous intersection. When he got back to his neighborhood, he was hailed as a hero.

Ryann Ford

A Disappearing American Original: The Roadside Rest Area

Photographer Ryann Ford has been traveling around the country documenting roadside rest areas before they're gone for good.

Trust for Public Land

What We Can Learn About a City by Mapping Its Parks

New data from the Trust for Public Land illuminates which neighborhoods offer excellent green space access ... and which really don't.

Massimo Pietrobon

Map of the Day: Pangea, With Modern-Day Borders

If today's geopolitical divisions existed when Stegosauruses roamed the earth, the world might have looked something like this.

Why You Shouldn't Get Too Worked Up About the FBI's Latest Crime Stats

Crime was up in 2012, but it's not a sign darker days are coming.

Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

The Bizarre Fake Storefronts Northern Ireland Is Building for the G8

The country is spending 2 million pounds to hide its blight from world leaders.


Cover Story Showdown: 'Time' vs. 'New York Times Magazine' on Chicago

Two national magazines take on dissecting the city in the same week. Who wrote it best?


A Short History of the World's First Retractable Stadium Roof

In 1989, Toronto unveiled the SkyDome to much pomp and circumstance.


What Military Commissaries Have in Common With Whole Foods

Niche grocery stores allow us to avoid interacting with people who are different from ourselves.