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Advice to Aspirational Mega-Cities

They are our future. Here's what we need to do to make sure America's regions stay on track.

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The Underground New York Public Library

A subway-hopping photographer memorializes reading riders on a Tumblr blog.

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9 Utterly Bizarre Museums

Voodoo, skulls, tattooed skin and more oddities from cities around the world.

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London Mayor's Olympic Message to Tube Riders: 'There Is Going to Be Huge Pressure on the Transport Network'

Transit riders will get to hear the mayor's voice on their trips throughout the Olympics.

Happy 4th of July! From the World's Premiere Gunpowder Artist

Cai Guo-Qiang transforms fireworks into eardrum-shattering "smoke paintings" in cities across the world.

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Repetitive Debate of the Day: Why Hasn't Washington, D.C. Buried its Power Lines?

After yet another days-long mass power outage, it's naturally time to have the same argument all over again.

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The Locations and Ranges of London's Olympic Missiles

The U.K. is planning to protect its upcoming Olympics with missiles. Here's where they're shooting from and how far they can fly.

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Weirdest Idea to Save Detroit Yet: Zombies

"People just want to live for a day in a zombie apocalypse," explains Mark Siwak, the braaaaains behind Z World Detroit.

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Meet Seattle's 'Baby London Eye'

The city's newest attraction hopes to lure tourists to its waterfront despite a massive construction project nearby.

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The Social Side of Urban Earthquake Risk

Creating a better measure of non-physical urban factors in post-earthquake damage.

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Rents Now Rising Even Faster Than Home Prices

Metros where housing is already expensive, especially in California and the Pacific Northwest, are seeing the biggest increases in average rents.

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Cockfighting in Cuba

One of Havana's most popular past times.

Was Hurricane Katrina Good for New Orleans's Schools?

Mayor Mitch Landrieu makes the case.

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London's Insane Olympics Hotel Rates Now Less Insane

As the Games approach and reality sets in for hoteliers, procrastinating tourists are starting to be rewarded.

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Of Storefronts, Soulless Banks, and the Slow Death of Nora Ephron's Upper West Side

A walk down Broadway used to be all jangle and buzz, an urban improvisation of sound and action. Now it’s more like a prerecorded loop that repeats block after block.

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How to Turn a Busy Street Corner Into a Pop-Up Cinema

In Auckland, New Zealand, a micro-theater is grafted onto an existing stoop, transforming stairs into seats.

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A Quest for Consensus on Boston Neighborhood Boundaries

An interactive mapping effort tries to find where locals think their neighborhoods actually are.

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Can the Olympics Bring Affordable Housing to London?

By 2031, this summer's Olympic site should be a dense checkerboard of housing and parkland.

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What Critics Get Wrong About the Creative Class and Economic Development

The Fall of the Creative Class? Not so fast.