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Sarah Goodyear

Why a Pedestrian Avenue Makes So Much Sense for Midtown Manhattan

Despite initial skepticism, a 6 ½ Avenue would merely legitimize behavior that is already happening.

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Urbanizing the Suburban Food Chain

How a Portland foodstuff distributor brought his company into the city.

Washington State University

Soon Your Home May Be Smarter Than You Are

Forget to turn off the oven, or close the garage, or feed the cat? Your house knows.

Reuters

The Curious Case of the 'Imposturbs'

Themed real estate developments have spread urban mimicry all over the world. But why do we want these places?

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A Brief History of the Parking Meter

How a newspaperman in Oklahoma City revolutionized downtown parking.

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The Spiky World of Innovation

Metro areas generate 93 percent of the world’s patented inventions.

Courtesy: BBC2

Tiny Space of the Day: A Miniature Parisian Restaurant

Chef Rachel Khoo shows how she cooks in the city's smallest eatery.

Lucie & Simon

Cities Are Surprisingly Menacing When You Remove All the People

French photographers Lucie & Simon have cleansed major cities of their troublesome humanity, creating empty, dread-filled urban landscapes.

Designboom

A Chandelier That Actually Grows Things

A product that unexpectedly combines electricity and nature.

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A Single Day On the Moscow Subway, in 2 Minutes

A time-lapse film highlights both the serene and the chaotic nature of the city's famous subway system.

City of Philadelphia

Which U.S. City Had the Best April Fool's Prank?

Etsy acquired the city of Portland; Boulder's electric company cut off service for residents who voted against it; Philadelphia unveiled a pedestrian lane for distracted texters.

Reuters

Postcard From Rio de Janiero

Love in the shadows of World Bike Day, and other news.

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A Natural Fix for Ireland's 'Ghost Estates'

Gardeners reclaim the half-built McMansions of the Irish countryside.

BRTdata.org

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Bus Rapid Transit

A new database corrals just about everything that's known about the 134 BRT systems in the world.

Reuters

The Midwest's Big Economic Miscalculation

The rebirth of traditional industries isn't necessarily a good thing.

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The Best City Websites for Online Engagement

Local government sites increasingly embrace social networking, but is it working?

Reuters

Why China Lags on Innovation and Creativity

The world's most populous nation is an industrial powerhouse, but it has not yet transitioned to a knowledge-based economy.

Shuttestock

The Elusiveness of Police Accountability

If Trayvon Martin had been shot by an officer, his killing wouldn't have sparked a national outcry. Why it's so hard to hold officers accountable for excessive force.

Make the Most of Your Apartment Radiator

A ceramic tray designed to fit your radiator.