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Holiday Car Ads in the Era of Millennials Buying Fewer Cars

Lexus takes aim at social media as a perceived deterrent to driving.

Prank of the Day: Black Friday at the Dollar Store

Improv Everywhere doin' that thing they do.

A Jungle Gym for City Sidewalks

A knotty lattice of colorful play-tubes is an intriguing use of a public space.

Is the Air Inside Public Bathrooms Rife With Infectious Particles?

 A review of the research indicates that could be the nasty truth, and other toilet tidbits.

Why Didn't This 1930s Cow-Catcher For Pedestrians Ever Catch On?

This is what passed for road safety 80 years ago.

6 Absurd Architecture Projects

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a building!

What 'Wreck-It Ralph' Can Teach Us About Urban Planning

The new Disney movie offers fairly sophisticated commentary on cities and a plug for activist civic planning.

6 Great Transit Maps That Aren't Transit Maps

From classic movies to the Mississippi River to a meta map of the world's transit systems.

You'll Never Guess the Richest Metros in America

San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and...Midland, Texas?

This Could Be the Key to Making Downtowns Greener

This green wall out of the University of Washington could bring plant life to dense urban areas where green space is hard to come by.

6 Questions for Defenders of D.C.'s Height Limit

This urban economist would really like to know the answers.

Buy a House, Get a Visa: Coming Soon Everywhere?

Money is increasingly your passport to Europe.

Turn Your Beloved Old Bike Into Taxidermy

In a world that deems it fit to stuff and preserve dead pets, this isn't that bizarre.

The Geography of America's Best Food Trucks

101 trucks in 23 metros.

Map of the Day: Predicted Sandy Flooding vs. Real Sandy Flooding

More evidence that scientists know what they're talking about.

A Possible Link Between Traffic Pollution and Autism

Researchers in California have found a compelling association.

Instagram and Google Street View, Together At Last

An intriguing juxtaposition of exterior backgrounds and human foregrounds.

9 Years Later, Nobody Misses the Concorde

In hindsight, supersonic commercial travel turned out to be a very brief period in the history of aviation.

China's Extreme Holdouts

One house is left standing in the middle of a newly built road in Zhejiang province.