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Greening Traffic Lights By Turning Them Off

If sign-less intersections reduce collisions, they almost certainly also consume less energy.

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This Week in Bans: Vienna Finally Removes an Anti-Semitic Street Sign

Also, Ireland puts the chill on tanning beds and trashy fashion models of the U.K., beware.

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A Sneak Peek at Berlin's New Airport

Germany's newest airport gets a test run before its June 3 opening.

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New Orleans' Bustling Monthlong Party

The city's spring festivals are booming.

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Road Traffic 'Single Biggest Source of Fatality' for Young People Worldwide

Traffic fatalities disproportionately affect children in developing countries.

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Charlotte's Evolution from Sprawling Metropolis to City of Sidewalks

How the city conquered its sprawl to create a bustling downtown.

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Creating Neighborhoods Worth Playing In

How to make places where kids want to go outside.

The World's Eco-Friendliest Urinal Makes Yellow Green

It's a bathroom, a planter, and a fertilizer all rolled into one.

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The Limits of 'Kickstarter Urbanism'

Are crowd-sourced fundraising websites a good way to accelerate community-level projects?

Florian Rivière

A Strange Merry-Go-Round For Shopping Carts

An artist transformed this revolving billboard in Berlin into something that's fun for kids.

Joe Freedman

Portland Product of the Day: An Artisan .GIF Maker

An artist wants to bring animated GIFs to life the old-fashioned way.

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Rita Crundwell: America's New Queen of Municipal Embezzlement

According to feds, the former Dixon, Illinois, comptroller spent much of the $53 million she's accused of stealing on horses with names like "Packin' Jewels" and "Have Faith in Money."

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What's Hiding Under Those Goofy Geometric Patterns?

The Dutch government's strange strategy for blurring out sensitive sites on Google maps.

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Do Honor Systems on Mass Transit Work Better in Smaller Cities?

Los Angeles is once again considering ending the honor system on its rail system.

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Ancient Weddings in an Ancient City

Dozens of couples partook in traditional Han wedding ceremonies.

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Slowing Down Cars Saves Lives. So Why Is Toronto's Mayor So Opposed?

Lowering speed limits can greatly cut down on pedestrian injuries. But Rob Ford thinks one such proposal is "nuts."

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What the Recession Looks Like in Spain

Images tell the story of the country's struggle to get its economy back in order.

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How the Internet Redefined Urban Space

A new publication explores the troubling implications of our networked world.

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How Creativity Works in Cities

Author Jonah Lehrer talks with us about the nexus of creativity and cities.