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In Praise of Smelly Places

Your sense of smell is intimately connected to your experience of a place and your memory of it. So why don't cities take greater advantage of this?

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Haiku of the Day: Beware Bikers

A sign in Brooklyn reminds drivers to look out for riders.

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May Day Around the World

A look at how different cities spent International Labor Day.

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Knitting Chain-Link Fencing Into a Work of Art

A design team in Rotterdam has a creative solution to scenery-marring construction fences.

Nick Ross

Sick of City Noise? Just Duck Into This Street-Corner Confessional

Modeled after Catholic confessionals, this portable furniture allows people a private place to chat away from all the hubbub.

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Why City Kids Need to Play in the Street

Traditional street play is good for kids precisely because it allows them to figure out how to use their environment in creative ways on their own.

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In Aksu, Buildings That Went Up Must Come Down

China tightens its real estate lending practices in the Uighur Autonomous Region.

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A Visual Guide to the Potential of Urban Agriculture

An animation shows how a variety of urban spaces can become miniature farms.

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Regional Planning Done Right

How two communities came together to design more sustainable neighborhoods.

Crime Reduced, But at a Cost

Extending prison sentences can reduce recidivism, but it's also hugely expensive.

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The Rise of the Temporary City

Pop-up spaces are having a permanent impact on the way we build.

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In Liverpool, a Leviathan Awakens from the Briny Deep

A 50-foot tall creature in a diving suit stalks the streets of England.

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Boston's Highway That Went Nowhere: Lessons from the Inner Belt Fight, 40 Years Later

In the 1950s and 1960s, as Boston was busy razing the West End and plunging ahead with urban renewal, transportation planners were pushing an 8-lane bypass highway.

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Feat of the Day: One World Trade Center, New York's Tallest Building

The building height of One World Trade Center rose above 1,250 feet today, surpassing the Empire State Building.

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'No Time for Ugliness': A 1965 Case for Better Cities

Even 47 years ago, American architects saw the perils of sprawl and car-oriented development.

J. Taylor Wallace

The Tea Party Is Not Happy With Chicago's Sarah Palin Sculpture

The artist behind the Palin-shaped public art has been informed: "You will be the next one to burn."

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Estonia's Capital Pursues Free Public Transit

Tallinn's mayor wants it to be the flagship of Europe's green movement. 

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The Most Democratic Town in the World

One Swiss town takes democracy to a new level.

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How to Make Transit (and Biking and Walking) Sexy

Urban designer and writer Darrin Nordahl thinks it's time for advocates of alternative transportation to stop trying to appeal to reason and go for the gut instead.