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Why You Should Say 'Hello' to Strangers on the Street

On sidewalk psychology. 

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Rio's Garbage Pickers Lose Their Jobs

One of the world's largest open-air landfills will be shuttered. What does that mean for the 1,700 people who worked there?

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How to Handle a City of Tourists

New Yorkers have always had a love-hate relationship with visitors.

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America's Economic Rebound

The declinists are wrong, America is emerging from the crisis stronger than before.

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The Future of Car Commuting

Road trains — semi-autonomous highway platoons — recently completed a promising trial, but questions remain.

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Rethinking the Economics of Traffic Congestion

Traffic is not an economic problem. It’s an indicator of a healthy urban economy. 

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Cities Facing Worst Fiscal Situation Since 1980

Property taxes and state aid are both down, creating major problems for local governments.

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Pee Into This Sao Paulo Urinal To Make Lovely Music

A toilet fixture in Brazil lets you shred on the guitar with the force of your urine.

The Risky Business of Parking Lot Creation

A wetlands restoration project in Boston is a cautionary tale about making bad decisions in the first place.

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Contest of the Day: Design L.A.'s Official Condom Wrapper

A city branding effort people might actually care about.

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America's Most Elegant McDonald's

A fast food restaurant in a century-old Georgian mansion.

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The Invisible Underworld of London

Artist Stephen Walter maps the city below the surface.

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The (Flooded) City as Obstacle Course

Heavy rain has transformed even the most mundane urban tasks into a challenge.

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This Week in Bans: New York City's Surge in the War Against Fatty Foods

Also, the first protester is banned from the London Olympics; shameful Japanese bureaucrats can't drink alcohol for a month; a California city outlaws charity.

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An App to Help You Lose Yourself in the City

Drift wants you to "unfamiliarize" yourself in familiar places.

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Why a Good Bar Is Essential to Sustainable Communities

A "third space" that encourages socialization, its easy access reduces emissions as well as drunk driving.

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Why Some States Are More Economically Mobile Than Others

The impact of income, class, and religion.

When Automotive 'Drifting' Goes Horribly Wrong, in Saudi Arabia

Could this be the worst car accident ever put to video?

A Tourist's Guide For Your City's Mundane, Obscure Attractions

A handful of new travel companies ask what you'd learn if you approached the mundane in your own neighborhood like a tourist.