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A Brief History of Observation Towers

As London debuts its newest structural wonder, a tour of its counterparts around the world.

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Tokyo's Solar-Powered 'Fireflies'

The city's Hotaru festival uses LED bulbs designed to mimic the light of the insects that once “gemmed” the Sumida River. 

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Montana Horses' Last Cowboys

In Montana, a way of life comes to an end for one ranch.

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Getting More Women On Bikes

This weekend, an event called Cyclo Femme aims to up the percentage of women on two wheels around the world.

Julia Levitt

A Micro-Market for Vacant Housing

A London company matches flexible tenants with landlords who would otherwise be sitting on empty buildings.

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The Shipping Container City Boom

More and more, shipping containers are being used to create big, inter-connected work spaces and homes.

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Why Do We Tax Car-Sharing Like It's Liquor or Cigarettes?

Taxes on quick car-share trips run as high as 60 percent.

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Newcastle, Australia: World Capital of Tree Drama

For the second time in less than a year, this seaside community is in an uproar over something to do with trees.

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The Midwest's Manufacturing Conundrum

The region's reliance on manufacturing may have hindered its economic revitalization, according to a Chicago Fed study.

Tumblr of the Day: 'Being a Planner'

A Tumblr that explains the life of a planner through, what else, GIFs.

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The Case of Georgia's Disappearing Property Deeds

The country's newly digitized land registration database transferred scores of private property parcels to the state.

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This Week in Bans: No Pets for You in Huntington Beach

Also, the Netherlands bans tourists from purchasing marijuana (yes, really), and one Indianapolis contractor gets a visit from Johnny Law.

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California Mayor Loses His Mute Button

Carson's public hearings will no longer be subject to sudden silence.

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In Jerusalem, a Celebration Worthy of a Haircut

Orthodox Jews celebrate Lag Ba-Omer with bonfires and haircuts for three-year-olds boys.

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Corporate Sponsorship of New York Bike Share Probably Not a Sign of the Apocalypse

The city is covered in advertisements. At least this one will help me move my butt from one part to the other.

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In Renton, a Model for Green Revitalization

An exemplary development with first-class green infrastructure and mixed-income housing.

Nate Berg

'That Boy Can Drive': Behind the Wheel at the 2012 International Bus Roadeo

The olympics of bus driving draws stiff competition, and plenty of devoted fans.

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Do We Need Social Security for Our Houses, Too?

With an unprecedented number of retirees seeking to "age in place," America's stock of single-family homes may not be ready for them.

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At the 20th Congress for the New Urbanism, a Movement Feels its Age

They used to be radicals, now they're establishment. Has it changed their approach to development?