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'We Cannot Continue to Lock Down an Entire City'

Boston lifts its "shelter in place" order with the remaining suspect still at large.


How Much Will the Boston Lockdown Cost?

The estimates at this early stage vary widely.

Jaime R. Carrero/Reuters

Meanwhile, in West, Texas: An Entire Town Must Dig Out From Rubble

Let's not forget about the victims of this week's other major explosion.


Boston Is One of the Best Prepared U.S. Cities to Handle a Crisis

The city conducted vivid, citywide disaster simulations in 2011 and 2012.

Johannes Hirn

Cambridge, Mass.: A Refugee Magnet

29 percent of the city's population is foreign born.

Scenes From Inside a City on Lockdown

Boston area residents are holding their breath.

The Geography of the Boston Marathon Manhunt

Much of last night's action took place in Cambridge and Watertown, a western suburb of Boston.

Sommer Mathis

It's Almost Impossible to Put an Entire U.S. Metro Area on Lockdown

Boston area residents and business owners are being asked to "shelter in place" during this morning's manhunt. But what does that look like?


How the Decline of the Traditional Workplace Is Changing Our Cities

The rise of smart phones and WiFi mean we can now work from anywhere. Should that turn the entire built environment into an office?


Boston, Suburbs on Lockdown; a 'Terrifying Scene'

All transit has been suspended; residents urged to remain in their homes. Police are conducting a door-to-door manhunt for second bombing suspect.


Superstorm Sandy Was So Powerful the Ground Shook in Seattle

Earthquakes aren't the only thing to make the earth shiver.

Photo or Painting? With These Cityscapes, It's Almost Impossible to Tell

British painter Nathan Walsh brings a photo-realism style to urban landscapes.


Stark Stat of the Day: 47,000 Pedestrians Were Killed Between 2001 and 2010

Nearly 70 percent of those fatalities were men; people over 75 were also at higher risk of getting hit.

Langley Erickson

One Small Solution for Food Deserts: The Bus-Mounted Grocery Bin

Connecting underserved people to grocery stores may be easier than building new ones. But what's a shopper to do with groceries on a crowded bus?

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The Chicago River Is Now Running in the Opposite Direction

The river will flow temporarily into Lake Michigan, where it'll dump millions of gallons of raw sewage.


'Boston, You're My Home'

Makeshift memorials from around the city.

What the World Needs Is a Superhero to Fight Grime

In Italy, a masked crusader takes to the streets to pick up garbage and scrub dirty windows.

A New Interactive Graphic Maps Segregation in 268 Different Metros

See how your city's black-white segregation levels have changed between 1970 and 2010.


New York Tries Out Bike Parking Corrals to Protect Separated Bike Lanes

A corral with enough room for 16 bicycles replaces a single car parking space.