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Mapping the Noxious Ozone Plumes Over Houston

A new app from Texas researchers shows how clouds of lung-pummeling ozone move through Houston neighborhoods.


Anatomy of a Parking Sign That Actually Makes Sense

Why you don't use Helvetica to tell people where they cannot park.


Electric Car Improvement of the Day: AAA's New Mobile Charging Truck

AAA's truck that can deliver a fifteen-minute roadside jolt to electric car drivers in the Seattle area.

Are Urban Explorers Really a Threat to Our National Security?

A federal agency worries they could aid terrorists. But really, they expose our vulnerabilities.

4 Ideas for Fixing Stop and Frisk

Experts weigh in on how law enforcement should engage in and implement these tactics.

The Urbanist Toolkit Bracket Challenge

March Madness for urban design nerds.


America: A Nation of Permanent Freelancers and Temps

40 percent of America’s workforce will work from home by 2020.

Michael Schmelling/Modern Farmer

'Modern Farmer' Magazine Is a Sleeker, Chicer Farmer's Almanac

A new print quarterly and website dedicated to the people and issues around where our food comes from.


Hispanic Segregation Is Declining in U.S. Metros

At least, that's the case for every national-original group but Mexicans.

Leonid Tsvetkov

Can You Spot the Trash Hidden Among These Roman Ruins?

Leonid Tsvetkov's strange, fascinating art project.


Britain's Oddly Captivating Reality Show About Land Use

The Planners is partly bucolic escapism and partly a sidelong look at the state of Britain today. And yes, it's actually fascinating.


Presenting Digital Harlem — and the Australians Who Run It

The odd partnership has produced enormous historical insight into everyday life in the neighborhood.

MPI's Zara Matheson

Global Cities of the Super-Rich

New York City and London have more high-net-worth individuals than any other city.


How Does One Get Banned From Every Public Library in the World?

You probably don't want to know.

Matthew Williams/LifeEdited

The Minimalist Living Movement Could Use a Different Spokesperson

Multimillionaire Graham Hill has taken a lot of heat since his New York Times column, but he's still out there trying to sell his "living with less" message.

Making Peace With the Decline of Alt-Weeklies

The death of the Boston Phoenix may signal the approaching end of these storied city institutions. But there's also a lot more news outlets to choose from today.

Jeffrey Millstein

The Strange Beauty of Airports Photographed From Above

Jeffrey Milstein has turned a lifelong fascination with airplanes into a gorgeous portrait series of jet hubs.


Temporary City of the Day: London, at Burning Man

That's the idea, at least.


Introducing CityLab

We're getting ready to launch a new series on city-level experimentation around the world, and we need your help.