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Why Architects and Second-Tier Cities Need Each Other

Ambitious architects tend to cluster in the same metropolises: New York, Chicago, L.A. (not to mention Beijing and London). But when they strike out for second-tier cities, it can be a win-win.

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How Singapore Makes Biodiversity an Important Part of Urban Life

Inside a city that works hard at keeping the jungle in "urban jungle."

AP Photo/Nick Ut

Of Course the Suburbs Aren't Dying—They're Not All the Same

What recent stories about where Americans want to live get wrong.

Mapping the Crushing Truth About Your Work Commute

Many people in the U.S. carpool, walk, and use public transit to get to work—but most are still hacking traffic in a car, all alone.

AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File

The Uber Economy

Is the company destroying full-time work, entrenching us in part-time purgatory, or empowering America's most independent workers?

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7 Design Lessons From the World's Most Gorgeous BRT Stations

Ideas that help distinguish the service from a regular old bus.

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Lake Michigan Is Serving Up 'Snow Pancakes'

These discoid ice sheets are formed by the motion of waves.

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The Night Sky You've Never Seen

Light pollution has taken away our ability to see the Milky Way. Can we still save the stars?

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London Will Indeed Build a Skyscraper Shaped Like a 'Can of Ham'

A tower reminiscent of potted meat will complement the city's other food-shaped buildings.

Exploding Manhole Tries to Eat a Terrified Child

Hold your kids tight, folks.

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8 Short Films About London's Crazy Housing Market

A filmmaking contest reveals the complexities of life in one of the world's most expensive cities.

Flickr/Gulan Bollsay

The Slow, Agonizing Death of the MetroCard

New York's long-heralded swipe-free subway payment system may not arrive until 2022.

Hao Qunying/Imaginechina via AP

Breathing Air Shouldn't Be This Dangerous

Chinese cities are so toxic that 90 percent of them fail pollution standards, according to a new Greenpeace analysis.

AP / David Goldman

She Tried Commuting to Work by Streetcar. It Took as Long as Walking.

A casual experiment in Atlanta doesn't help dissuade "tourist trolley" fears.

Introducing Our Free E-Book on 'The Future of Transportation'

A dozen of CityLab's favorite stories from the 2014 series on how Americans will travel tomorrow.

Reuters/Bobby Yip

The Global Cities That Power the World Economy Now

The latest numbers from the Brookings Institution are a reminder that inequality has a geographic dimension.

Harris Moure

Seattle's Hottest New Job: Pot Lawyer

Washington state's marijuana businesses face a maze of regulations. Hilary Bricken helps guide them through it.

Steven Holl Architects

Can a Massive Museum Expansion Get Texans Walking?

What sets the expansion of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, apart is one of its secondary goals: to make the Museum District a real, walkable neighborhood.

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These Vibrating Bike Grips Promise 'Eyes-Free Navigation'

They buzz you left or right toward a destination (which may or may not turn out to be a brick wall).