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Is Bad Urban Design Making Us Lonely?

Social interaction can be encouraged by our built environment. But it isn't always.

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Best Buy's Big Box Purge

Are the electronic retailer's latest closures a shift away from the giant strip mall model?

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A Bookshelf for That Ridiculously Shaped Space in Your Apartment

A flexible bookshelf that expands with your literary collection.

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This Las Vegas Bus Will Cure Your Hangover (Allegedly)

The doctor behind Hangover Heaven promises his IV treatment will erase your worst hangover in as little as 45 minutes.

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In Iowa, a New Type of Tornado Warning Gets Residents' Attention

Dire warnings prepare residents for the worst.

Sarah Goodyear

Supporting Local Business with the Muscle of a 'Cash Mob'

At events all over the country, neighbors who want their money to stay local are swarming mom-and-pop shops.

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Just a Fraction More White Roofs Could Have a Huge Global Impact

Small improvements in roof and road reflectivity are estimated to help create big reductions in carbon emissions.

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U.S. Teen Birthrates Are Down, But Still High in These States

Teen births follow the same fault lines of religion, politics, and class that divide Americans. 

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Greening an Entire Block Instead of Just One Building

Most smaller commercial buildings can't afford energy retrofits on their own. But what if they banded together?

Nate Berg

Bike Sharing Is Coming to Los Angeles

The spread-out city will implement a privately-funded, 4,000-bike system later this year.

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In New York, a 50-Foot-Tall Sign Made From Other, Salvaged Signs

Artist Tom Fruin, who works with materials like crushed beer cans and drug bags, created this recycled wonder for a new hotel in Williamsburg.

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2012's Most Interesting Buildings So Far

Under-the-radar but exciting new buildings.

Sue Anne Tay

The Elegant History of Shanghai's Rundown Communal Villas

Over the last century, old English villas became de facto apartment buildings, with pasts full of secrets and stories.

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Cory Booker, Super Mayor: The Quiz

Can you tell which of these "facts" are true about Newark's firefighting, robber-tackling, erotic fiction-inspiring mayor?

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Who Says You Can't Have Death-Defying Fun in a Church?

Watch a group of jumpers parachute down a basilica.

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How Preservationists Won the Day in Kiev

Protesters stopped Ukraine's richest man from "spitting on the soul" of the city by demolishing buildings in a historic site.

Sarah Goodyear

10 Places to Find Peace and Quiet in Manhattan

True silence may be impossible to find in New York City, but these spots are as close as you can get.

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A Data-Driven Case for Walkability

These statistics offer fresh insights into the importance of walking.

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Seeking Pedestrian Advocates in L.A., Where People Actually Do Walk

An advocacy group is growing as the city prepares to pay more attention to its walkers.