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Why We Crave 'Authentic' Cities: 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.

Time-Waster of the Day: Guess that City

A new online game has a very simple goal: guess the city in a Google Street View. That's harder than it sounds, let me tell you.

From Resort Town to Tech Center: The Future of Miami

Can the city become the next great start-up hub?

In America, Food Is Getting Cheaper ... Unless You're Poor

New charts explain how America spends money on food.

Want to Show People the Benefits of Transit? Build a Pretend Train Station

A two-day pop-up train station lands in Miami.

4 Months Later, the Poor Are Still Suffering Disproportionately From Sandy

Many low-income homes and apartment buildings are still dealing with significant damage.

A Mad Lib for Urban Dreamers

What could you change in your community if you just knew more about it?

Why New York City's Open Data Law Is Worth Caring About

"You always hear that information is power, and in this case it really is."

Mayor Julian Castro on Building a City's 'Brain Power'

In an interview, Castro lays out a plan for "closing the skills gap that exists in just about every community."

Is Closing Underperforming Schools Really Good for Students?

Those on both sides of the debate believe they're championing civil rights. But there's no one-size-fits-all solution.

Jane Jacobs Was Right: Gradual Redevelopment Does Promote Community

A study in Chicago shows a link between housing age diversity and social relations.

The Pan-STARRS Comet Finally Pops Up in North America

People from Oklahoma City to New York will get to gawk at the fuming iceball at last, which could be bright enough to see with the naked eye.

1 Out of Every 100 New York City Children Slept in a Shelter This January

Mayor Bloomberg's other legacy: a homelessness crisis.

Inside 'iCombat,' New York's Controversial New Laser Tag Attraction

What I learned playing America's most realistic family entertainment war game.

What SXSW Can Tell Us About the Geography of Indie Music

Texas cities account for three of the top 10 metros, and nearly one in five SXSW acts hail from Texas.

The Humble Public Bench Gets a Dramatic Makeover

Boston prepares to debut 20 bench designs that re-imagine the experience of sitting on the street.

Tom Connors, Folk Singer and Chronicler of All Things Canada, Dies at 77

"Stompin' Tom" sang about the life of a streetcar driver, hauling a load of potatoes from Prince Edward Island.

Library Art of the Day: Light Beams for Every Search in Wyoming

Enter the filament mind.

Diplomacy: The Map That Ruined a Thousand Friendships

Allan Calhamer's brilliant geographic legacy.