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The Most Desolate City on Earth: Gunkanjima, aka 'Battleship Island'

This abandoned coal mine off of Nagasaki would be a wicked place to have a paintball match.

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The End of Sprawl?

U.S. census data released today shows a decline in exurban populations.

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This Week in Bans: Park Slope Parents Decry 'Tempting' Ice Cream

Also, Tampa is going to ban water pistols (but not real guns) from the 2012 Republican National Convention, and more.

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Postcard From Brussels

Asylum-seekers sew their lips together as part of a hunger strike.

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The Kindness of Cities

Studies suggest city dwellers are meaner than their suburban counterparts. Here's what the researchers don't understand.

Where Housing Is Making a Comeback

There are signs that the U.S. housing market is finally bouncing off its bottom.

An Ice Cream Truck for Architecture Dorks

The Coolhaus truck serves up scoops with a modernist twist.

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Would You Be Better Off in a Different City?

A new tool from the Sunlight Foundation aims to quantify real-world differences in quality of life across the country.

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The Enduring Effect of Neighborhoods

Harvard sociologist Robert J. Sampson on his new book, Great American City.

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Can a Sustainable Town Be Built From Scratch in the Middle of Nowhere?

A controversial proposal seeks to help revive Southern California's troubled Salton Sea.

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What Cities Looking to Shrink Can Learn From New Orleans

Those who choose to stay in derelict, empty neighborhoods can often pinpoint a place's particular value.

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Infographic of the Day: The Economic Power of the Top 600 Global Cities

By 2025, these cities will account for 60 percent of global GDP.

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Fields of Glowing, Green Grass Grow in Madrid

Radioactive Man would be happy to mow this luminous turf, an artistic statement against light pollution.

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1950s General Motors Propaganda Film: Solution to Congestion Is More Roads

More parking, lane miles was the automaker's prescription at mid-century, with a cameo from Robert Moses.

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How BART Finally Decided to Replace Its Bacteria-Covered, Gross Old Seats

The Bay Area Rapid Transit system is deploying vinyl seats that don't cough up clouds of filth when smacked, like the wool ones do.

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Postcard From Seville

The city's eerie, beautiful Easter Week marches.

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Lawsuit Challenges NYPD Patrols of Privately Owned Apartment Buildings

Plaintiffs allege the policy leaves black and Latino residents 'under siege in their own homes.'

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Creating Luminous Lights From Ordinary Household Objects

An artist turns radiators, water spouts and stuffed animals into lamps.

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The Hottest Trends in Urban Housing

Small is in, buying is (maybe) out, and smart growth is here to stay.