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Somebody Invented a Car that Runs on Coffee

The odd vehicle, which transforms old coffee grounds into hydrogen, recently set a Guinness land-speed record.

Class-Divided Cities: Miami Edition

The sixth installment in our series mapping the class divides in America's cities and metros.

Some Super Charming Illustrated Answers to Urban Mysteries

Why do pigeons bob their heads? Do squirrels know where they hide their nuts? And other questions answered in this new art-meets-science book.

Stupid New Trend of the Day: 'Gallon Smashing'

Go into a grocery store. Pretend to fall down while carrying two gallons of milk. Post on the Internet.

Millennials Say They'd Give Up Their Cars Before Their Computers or Cell Phones

The latest sign of changing attitudes.

Amazingly Dull Municipal Video Games Are All the Rage on YouTube, for Some Reason

Should the title of Most Boring City Simulator go to garbage collection, toilet cleaning or European bus driving?

The Sequester Will Be Worst for the Nation's Poorest Schools

Districts serving less affluent communities will be hit the hardest by cuts.

The Fading Politicization of Northern Ireland's Street Art

Murals once devoted to the troubles now take on sporting victories and cultural achievements.

Bloomberg Businessweek's Racist Cover Also Gets the Housing Crisis Backwards

This is shameful on multiple fronts. 

Why You Might Not Want to Let a Private Prison Company Name Your Stadium

Some naming rights just aren't worth it.

Here's Exactly How Bad Beijing's Smog Crisis Is, In One Photo

China World Trade Center Tower III is more than 1,000 feet tall and can't be seen today in Beijing.

An Urban-Suburban Compromise to Revitalize a Buffalo Neighborhood

Larkinville, Buffalo's most successful urban development initiative in decades, merges city hip with suburban convenience.

A Brief History of Bottle Recycling

A story of trash and class in America.

Why a Bicycle Tax Might Not Be Pointless After All

Some bike advocates see fees as a useful starting point in an inevitable discussion about sharing road costs.

Could We Model a National Energy Policy on 'Race to the Top'?

Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm wants to see states and metro areas compete for green energy funding. 

Can This Building Complex Solve Dubai's Affordable Housing Crisis?

The International City was supposed to relieve the economic pressures faced by the middle class. Instead there's been nothing but problems.

How NASA Scientists Are Turning L.A. Into One Big Climate-Change Lab

Studying the emissions of megacities like Los Angeles promises to be the next big thing in combating global warming.

Building a Bicycle From Chopped-Up Auto Parts

What better way for cyclists to show their contempt for the car-driving masses than riding around on the carcass of a dismembered vehicle?

An Ode to New York's Glorious DIY Sidewalk Seating Culture

Design firm Street Plans Collaborative has started tracking informal street furniture, and you can help.