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The Best City Websites for Online Engagement

Local government sites increasingly embrace social networking, but is it working?

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Why China Lags on Innovation and Creativity

The world's most populous nation is an industrial powerhouse, but it has not yet transitioned to a knowledge-based economy.

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The Elusiveness of Police Accountability

If Trayvon Martin had been shot by an officer, his killing wouldn't have sparked a national outcry. Why it's so hard to hold officers accountable for excessive force.

Make the Most of Your Apartment Radiator

A ceramic tray designed to fit your radiator.

Grid of the Day: The Brain

Our minds are laid out like Manhattan's streets.

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A Crosswalk You Can Roll Up and Carry Away

Urban hacker Florian Rivière makes the streets of France his playground with movable crosswalks, pigeon traps and a shopping-cart soccer field.

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How Can We Make Cities Quieter?

The best responses to this week's The Big Fix.

Sheboygan's Odd, Addictive Police Scanner Chatter

@Sheboyganscan posts shocking, head-scratching and zen tweets from the Wisconsin city's police scanner.

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Is the Retro Ballpark Movement Officially Over?

20 years since Camden Yards opened in Baltimore, a look back on the stadium design that's emerged since.

The Secret Geometric Treasures Hidden Around Los Angeles

Designer Paige Smith fills the city's drainage holes with glittering geological matter.

Postcard From Dongyang

Urine-soaked eggs as afternoon snack.

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Here Is New York Transit

It's where rich and poor, wise and weird, picker and non-picker unite.

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The Wisdom of Wastewater Recycling

With new water-conscious projects, Burbank is becoming a model of water reuse.

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Why This Huge Chinese Mall Is Empty

Twice the size of the Mall of America, it has an Arc de Triomphe and a 1.3-mile canal with gondolas. But no one wants to come.

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Why Some Cities Lose When Others Win

How globalization is reshaping the hierarchy of the world's cities.

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The Manifesto for a New Urbanism That Came Before 'New Urbanism'

A 20-year-old's manifesto for the anti-modernist city was written years before the actual New Urbanist movement. Radicalism aside, there are surprising overlaps.

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The Simple Math That Can Save Cities From Bankruptcy

Forget raising taxes or cutting services. If cities understood the economics of land use better, they might not need to do either.

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Fashion Accessory of the Day: Subway Map Cuff Bracelets

A sleek, sartorial way to show your love for public transportation.

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This Week in Bans: Miniskirts Outlawed in Indonesian Cities

Also, Hong Kong bans pregnant "birth tourists" from the mainland; New York City's public schools try to avoid using test words like "dinosaur" and "Christmas"; and Britain bans... something.