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App Developers Turn Their Eye to Global Sanitation

Participants of the "International Sanitation Hackathon" have some promising ideas to fight disease and death caused by poor sanitation.

Urbanist Bracket Challenge: Final Four

Only one round left...

Lots of Cars and Trucks, No Traffic Signs or Lights: Chaos or Calm?

A new film makes the case for Poynton's shared space experiment.

An Awful Person Destroyed Golden Gate Park's 'Fairy Door'

San Francisco just got a little less whimsical.

Selling Solar Power in India's Slums

The country is fast outgrowing its electric grid. Are small-scale solar projects the solution?

The Strange Decline of the Philly Accent

Linguists are still trying to understand the surprising evolution of how Philadelphians speak.

2013 Opening Day: Baseball Begins

Fans descend on ballparks around the country as Major League Baseball gets underway.

Jokes of the Day: April Fools Urbanist Round-Up

Perhaps all humor really is local.

How a Map Is Like an Op-Ed

Thanks to the open data movement, anyone can be a cartographer. Professor Laura Kurgan on geography as a storytelling tool.

10 Chair Designs for People Who Really Love Their Books

Like, really.

Aggregating Cell Phone Data in Search of the 'Pulse of the Planet'

Universal mobility patterns we haven't fully understood before could soon come into view.

The Addictiveness of the U.S. Census Bracket Game Cannot Be Denied

Sixty-four cities, 64 populations to rank by size.

The Secret Lives of Garbage Men

Anthropologist Robin Nagle on the vital, hidden, and arcane sanitation system that enables cities to function.

Pails of Water and a Fight for a Beer Bucket: Bizarre Easter Traditions

A collection of strange and lovely Easter traditions.

Class-Divided Cities: San Francisco Edition

The 11th in our series exploring the class divides across America's largest cities and metros.

Your Local Newspaper, Delivered By Drones

Plans to use robots to replace humans in package delivery, in France and beyond.

Public Transportation Does Relieve Traffic Congestion, Just Not Everywhere

A new study finds that transit does cut down on traffic — but only on roads that parallel heavy transit corridors.

The Surprisingly Gentle Science Behind New York's Plan to Sterilize Its Rats

Hitting urban rodents in their reproductive systems may be the best thing to ever happen to them.

How the Density of Your County Affects How You Vote

There's a decisive break between Democratic and Republican support at a population density of 800 persons/per square mile.