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Convention Towns, Zoning Overhauls, and Physics Experiments: The Best #CityReads of the Week

Our weekly look back at the stories you may have missed.

Maps of the Day: 33,000 of Them, At Your Disposal

This is the coolest website in the world.

The Summer of the Gun

The problem is not that the rest of the world seems so meaningless, it's how numbed we've become to the horror stories in our midst.

The Future Lies in Wood Pulp

The material could change nearly everything we use.

It's Valentine's Day in China

Mass weddings, bears eating hearts, kissing contests and more.

Why Are Champaign-Urbana's Jaywalking Arrests Almost All Black?

Between 2007 and 2011, about 90 percent of those arrested were African American. How did this happen?

A Brief History of the Birth of Urban Planning

The field first started in America as the purview of three very different types of thinkers.

The Ritzy Seoul Neighborhood at the Heart of South Korea's Music Video Sensation

The song is a sly send-up of Gangnam's self-importance and ostentatious wealth.

Is a VMT Tax a Good Idea?

San Francisco is the latest city to consider a vehicle-miles traveled fee system.

The Rise of the Majority-Asian Suburb

In southern California, the number of Asian suburbs is growing rapidly.

The Path of Tropical Storm Isaac: Will the GOP Get Drenched?

An update on the chances that an awful lot of comb-overs could get blown to smithereens.

America's Leading High-Tech, Venture Capital Centers

New data tracks the geography of technology investment.

10 Signs the RNC Is a Way Bigger Deal for Tampa Than the Super Bowl

The city has plenty of experience putting on the NFL's big event. But hosting a convention will be something different.

Discovery of the Day: How to Weaken a Hurricane

The answer lies in Marine Cloud Brightening, exactly what it sounds like.

This Week in Bans: The English and Their 'Extreme' Dog Dancing

Also, Oklahoma City outlaws Michigan sportswear and a face-kicking preacher is turned away from the U.K.

How a Political Convention Helped Save America's First Modernist Skyscraper

In 2000, the RNC unwittingly became a preservationist force in Philadelphia.

What Your Skyline Says About Your City

The physical space reveals something deeper about a place.

Restaurant Located Deep in a Finnish Mine Is Totally Booked (Of Course)

Diners at this "pop-down" kitchen near Helsinki can nosh on "friction-smoked whitefish" more than 260 feet underground.

This Is Your City on War

Scenes from Aleppo, Syria.