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The Ice in Restaurant Sodas Can Have More Bacteria Than Toilet Water

Reporting only the most crucial stories in world bathroom news.


The New Global Start-Up Cities

Our first in a series examining the changing geography of venture capital and high-tech companies.

Rice+Lipka Architects

Designing Libraries That Encourage Teens to Loiter

An open, airy floor at the New York Public Library offers kids spots to play Wii and Guitar Hero, along with books and homework help.


Your Street May Literally Be Paved With Gold (and Other Precious Metals)

Believe it or not, "urban mining" is an emerging academic interest.


Mega-Ban of the Day: No Smoking Within 25 Feet of a Starbucks

Coffee and cigarettes no more.

Matthew Picton

These Funky 3D Paper Maps Bring a City's History to Life

Artist Matthew Picton evokes specific historical events or time periods with the art, text, even paper he chooses to use.

Flickr/Dendroica cerulea

Science Needs Your Dead Cicadas

Researchers are looking for evidence of the environmental stress that comes from urbanization, and they need our help.

A Filmmaker's Scathing Critique of Istanbul's Urban Planning Policies

A 2011 documentary paints a frightening picture of the way bulldozers, bankers, and politicians are demolishing the city without regard to the environment.


Devastating Photos of Central Europe's Massive Floods

Devastating photos of the massive floods, which have killed at least 8 people. Thousands more have been evacuated.

Be Careful How You Refer to the So-Called 'Great American Streetcar Scandal'

The finer details of this urban legend deserve their own book.


We're Building Giant Houses Again

The average single-family house built in 2012 was 2,505 square feet in size, just shy of the all-time high.


Could Bookless Libraries Revolutionize Access for the Poor?

They require less space, and they offer what under-served communities often really need -- internet access.


New York's Deadly Gun Violence Spike

25 people were shot in just 48 hours last weekend, bringing the yearly figure to 440 shootings — with six more fatalities.


Elon Musk's Mad Genius Idea to Reinvent Long-Distance Travel

His pie-in-the-sky underground bullet train that would zoom people across the country in hours instead of days

A Vibrant Peek Inside 1939 New York

A pina colada was 5 cents and everyone wore hats.

A Foldable Fix to Public Transit's Peskiest Problem

Pasadena officials are giving people $220 to buy folding bikes in an effort to solve the "last mile" transportation problem.


Why We Shouldn't Rely on Smart Growth Incentives to Fix Sprawl

When it comes to development, local desires often render state smart growth incentives insufficient.

Elena Dijour/

Pigeons Might Be Way Smarter Than We Give Them Credit For

They're good at manipulating touch screens to get food rewards, for instance.


How Rob Ford Could Save Toronto: Best #Cityreads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.