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The Hit and Miss Architecture of New Courthouses

A tour of emerging trends in courthouse design.

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Asia: The World Leader in Super-Tall Statues

There are big statues of gods and heroes almost everywhere, but Asia dominates.

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Two Years After an Earthquake, a Stand-Off Over a Shanty Town

A group of Tibetan earthquake victims in China say they're being threaten with removal to make way for an eco-tourism center.

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Oslo Takes its Streets Back from Terror, with a Song

More than 40,000 people showed up in the rain in a show of defiance against admitted mass killer Anders Behring Breivik.

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Nashville's New, Hypergreen Park

A 6.5-acre, nature-inspired space opens as part of the city's riverfront revitalization plan.

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Yes, There's an 'Urban Planning for Dummies' Book

And its author makes the case for why our cities need more dummies getting involved.

Jo Peel

A Mural About City-Building That Actually Doesn't Stink

This time-lapse video chronicles painted cranes as they "build" a city from the ground up, with real-life objects blending into two dimensions and vice versa.

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In Defense of the Electric Bicycle, from the Bottom of a Steep Hill in San Francisco

I don't care what you purists think, these e-bikes are a godsend to hilly cities everywhere.

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Real Estate Boom of the Day: Brooklyn Is Back

The borough is on track to hit $2 billion in property sales this year.

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Is Traffic Making Us Lonely?

Long before the invention of social media, a man named Donald Appleyard was investigating how automotive traffic isolates us from one another.

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This Week in Bans: Michigan Town Terrorized by 'Monster' Graffiti

Also, a girl can't wear the Confederate flag to prom in Tennessee; the British can't even support their own Olympics; Yertle the Turtle is banned in Canada.

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New York's Next Skyscraper

Eleven finalists compete to add a new addition to the city's famous skyline.

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Greek Cities Gear Up for a Contentious Election

A far-right party gains a foothold.

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America's Best Cities for Transit, According to Walk Score

New York, San Francisco, Boston, and D.C. top a new ranking of the best cities for transit.

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Jakarta Is Sinking Itself Into the Ocean

Groundwater pumping and rising sea levels could leave millions flooded out of their homes.

Samuel Arbesman

The Invisible Borders That Define American Culture

We can be connected (or disconnected) based on where we move, how we speak, and even what sports teams we root for.

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A Streetlight Powered by Algae: Is This Actually Possible?

The French biochemist behind this strange green light sees it having a "massive" palliative effect on global warming.

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Which Parts of the Country Produce the Most NFL Players?

Despite Friday Night Lights portrayals, there's a lot more geographic diversity in NFL prospects than you might think.

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Money Problem of the Day: Cities That Can't Afford Elections

As many as 20 municipalities could face major problems come November, according to one expert.