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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.

Travertine Point

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.

Roberta Brandes Gratz

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.'

Courtesy: Steve Faletti

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.

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Which Cities Have the Most Global Clout?

New York and London top the list in a new ranking of 66 cities around the world. 

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How the Games Are Boosting Britain's Arts Scene

A surprisingly eclectic cultural festival is set to coincide with the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Shoes Over Telephone Wires: This Probably Doesn't Explain It

Chicago residents are scratching their heads over this age-old mystery.

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Sparrows Actually Change Their Tune To Sing Over the Noise Of the City

A study in San Francisco's Presidio District suggests birds are adapting to the increasingly noisy city.

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Rule(s) of the Day: How to Behave in Dubai

According to a study, expats are not so good at following local rules.

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Time-Shifting the Morning School Rush

If you can't avoid a car commute, maybe you can slightly change what time you do it.

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Could This Be the World's Weirdest Pedestrian Bridge?

The designers of this proposed Amsterdam river bridge get a little too whimsical for their own good.