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The Most Talked About Buildings of 2012

From residences to gardens to installations, a look at the most compelling works of the year.

The Sad and Telling Reaction of School Districts Everywhere to Sandy Hook

Monday brings an awkward mix of grief and preparation.

How to Make Privately Owned Public Spaces Truly Open to the Public

The city of San Francisco has now mapped all of its downtown POPOS, and it's ensuring for the first time that residents really have access to them.

This Most Recent Decline in U.S. Violent Crime Is Different From the Last One

Homicide rates have fallen significantly in some places. Does economic development deserve the credit?

Why St. Louis May Not Be Able to Stem its Asthma Epidemic

The city has one of the highest rates in the country, and efforts to cut smokers out just aren't working.

6 Timelines That Explain America's Persistent Gun Culture

Trends in gun ownership, attitudes and violence have shifted notably over the past few decades.

A River in Retreat: In Two Weeks, the Mississippi Could Shut Down

The worst drought in half a century has brought water levels close to historic lows.

'These Neighborhoods Are Our Neighborhoods': The Best #CityReads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

Gun Violence Is an Everywhere Issue

Americans can no longer pretend that shooting deaths are a problem relegated to the inner city.

How Japan Has Virtually Eliminated Shooting Deaths

In part by forbidding almost all forms of firearm ownership, Japan has as few as two gun-related homicides a year.

Newtown Is a Pretty Typical Connecticut Community

A New England town with a touch of the Gold Coast.

The Geography of U.S. Gun Violence

What we can say for sure based on recent data.

Why Greece's Creaky Trains Have Become the Transit Option of Choice

Soaring fuel costs, recession cutbacks, and high road taxes mean many are leaving their cars at home.

Farewell Formstone? Requiem for a Baltimore Building Material

A proposed zoning revision threatens to outlaw Formstone, ubiquitous on Baltimore's row house façades. Will anyone care?

Even the World's Top Experts Aren't Sure What New York Should Do to Prevent Another Sandy

A star-studded panel discussion highlights just how much uncertainty faces the storm-damaged city.

Uber's Plan to Dominate Cabs by Phone Is Starting to Work Again

New York and Washington are easing their restrictions.

BEEEEEEEEP! This Bike Sounds Like a Car Horn

The "Loud Bicycle" prototype can blast careless drivers with a 30-second trumpet that's as loud as a rock concert.

Strategies for Increasing Diversity in Urban Tech Scenes

New York sets its sights on extending the benefits of the city's burgeoning start-up ecosystem.

With the Louvre-Lens, a Curtain Call for the Bilbao Effect

The world's most famous museum has opened a relatively modest satellite campus in a former industrial town.