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No, Urbanization Does Not Inevitably Improve a Country's Economy

This new chart from the World Bank charts the uneven relationship between urbanization and GDP in Africa.

This Is What a Neighborhood Revitalization Actually Looks Like

A low-income community in Boston taps homegrown business leaders for a brighter future.

Is Your Region Innovative, Productive, Creative, or Just Populated?

A new study gauges the relative contribution of U.S. metros to population, innovation, and economic growth.

Pre-Sprawl Aerial Images: 'The Next Best Thing to a Time Machine'

Compare every corner of Connecticut, from 1934 to today.

London Bartender Makes the 'World's Most Expensive Cocktail'

The $8,830 tipple is apparently the world's oldest cocktail, too.

Nature vs. City: In Architect Dan Wood's World, Opposites Attract

The principal at WorkAC expands on his unique vision for urban living.

When Tourism Success Goes Wrong

The island of Hong Kong is overrun with tourists. What, if anything, should a city do when it becomes too popular?

Design Flaw of the Day: Maximum Flexibility, No Picasso

Museum design isn't all about light and air. Security is important too.

London Tube Commuters Hunted by Intelligent, Annoying Spotlight

This body heat-sensing spotlight is great if you're egotistical, terrible if you have a hangover.

Why People Still Post Front Yard Campaign Signs

Is there a more retro feature of American electoral politics, and why hasn't it died out yet?

One Idea for Crime-Prone 'Hoods: Fill Them With Fake Crowds

An artist uses special effects to make dangerous public areas appear like bustling marketplaces.

This Is What Google Really Looks Like

Take a street view tour of some of the company's data centers.

Countdown To the Last Steam Train

These beloved but antiquated locomotives are disappearing from western China.

The World's Weirdest Bikes

Would you ride some of these?

What People Worry About in China

The big concerns are much the same as in America: inequality, problems with the government, and the rising price of goods.

Fear of a Tiny Apartment

By endorsing smaller and smaller living spaces, are we creating a world in which only the very wealthy can live in anything more than sardine-can habitats?

Vancouver Covers Its Sidewalks With Giant Pillows

A city block offered an unusual landscape and a soft place to rest.

Is It Harmful to Release Gang Maps?

Probably not, but as a recent case in Chicago shows, it might not be too helpful either.

Mapping the Potential for Solar Power On Every Roof

Nearly every square meter of rooftop in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has now been evaluated for its suitability to host solar panels.