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When Pinball Was Illegal in New York (and Chicago and L.A.)

Can't hear those buzzers and bells.

As Important As It Is, LEED Can Be So Embarrassing

A new certified LEED-platinum building may not be all that green, if you consider its outlandish size and challenging climate setting.

In Oregon, Pushing Ahead With Road Use Fees

The state's latest pilot program overcomes privacy concerns by giving drivers five options, from full tracking to none at all.

Toronto's Reimagined Maple Leaf Gardens Fulfills its Destiny (at Long Last)

There's no hockey, but a grocery store and sports center are drawing people from around the city.

Soon, the Only Place to Smoke in San Francisco Will Be Alcatraz

Also recently banned: a throat-slitting kite string in India and an Aussie grandma who made $1 million worth of false emergency phone calls.

When Travel Writing Goes Wrong: 'Edgy' Berlin Edition

4 clichés every travelogue about Germany's capital apparently must include.

Norwegian Train Promotion of the Day: Hours of Free Footage Up for Grabs

Happy 50th, Nordlandsbanen!

The 'Best' Ways to Incite Road Rage

We're looking at you, erratic lane weavers.

How a Reluctant Mayor Rescued San Francisco's Budget

Ed Lee came into office facing a $385 million deficit. By rethinking the pension system, he managed to save the city $1.3 billion over 10 years.

Beijing's Air Quality Crisis May Have Had a Silver Lining

Typically, the Chinese press tries to put the best spin on Beijing's pollution. But  the national media covered "airpocalypse" with startling frankness.

The Amazing Amount of Damage Sandy Left Behind

Almost three months later, there's still much to do.

Online Classes Won't Fix America's Unequal Education System

The answer to underfunded primary and secondary education should not be a VC-funded bet foisted upon a disadvantaged population.

Flooding in Jakarta: A City Swamped by Its Own Success

Clogged canals and aging infrastructure aren’t the only factors intensifying Jakarta’s perennial flood crises.

Pointless Mayoral Sports Betting: Surely We Can Do Better Than This

America's mayors could clearly use some inspiration.

5 Ideas for Keeping Street Cats Warm This Winter

Architects set out to create warm spaces for New York's 10,000 feral cats.

A Reader Asks: Are Some Cities Doomed Never to Catch Up?

We get a lot of email. This week, Richard Florida answers one reader's pressing question.

Why New York City Spends $7,000 Per Student on School Buses

Blame corruption, according to the New York Times.

Bethlehem Steel's Redevelopment: Winners and Losers in Public-Private Partnerships

Sands Casino revitalized a major parcel of unused land, bringing a hotel and award-winning arts center along with it. But partnering with a casino can come at a cost.

Why We Shouldn't Mock the Idea of an Eiffel Tower in Hangzhou

There are serious cultural reference points to be found in China's obsession with 'duplitecture.'