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1930s Film on Building the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

Ever wonder what it took to build the Bay Bridge? This 1936 film produced by U.S. Steel celebrates the engineering of the structure

Shannon Stapleton / Reuters

Subway Internet Access Is on the Rise, Except in America

U.S. ranks second to last in new survey of which metros offer online access

Flickr user: stannate

America's Best New Parks

By mixing fresh design with a variety of uses, these spaces represent the future of city parks

Reuters

Your Commute is Slowly Killing You

Poor sleep, high stress and low energy are just some of the negative health outcomes linked to lengthy rides to work

Flickr/Sam Anvari

Why I Love My City: Azadeh Moaveni on Tehran

Despite its reputation, Iran's capital city holds secret charms

Courtesy Atlanta Beltline

Atlanta Beltline: the Best Sustainabilty Project in America?

The plan offers an innovative vision for combining parks and transit

Reuters

How the Telecom Lobby is Killing Municipal Broadband

Companies like Comcast are spending big bucks to prevent competition from local governments

Reuters

How Can Cities Encourage Residents to Live More Sustainably?

The best responses from this week's The Big Fix

NASA / Reuters

The Search for Extraterrestrial City Life

Astrophysicists suggest looking for the shimmering light of cities on far off planets

Nest

Engineering the iPod of Thermostats

Former Apple designers tackle one of the most frustrating household gadgets of all

Reuters

How NYC Fast Food Chains Are Doing Since the Recession

Which chains are expanding, and which have the most stores?

Courtesy Galina Tachieva

The Unbearable Cost of Sprawl

How planners can correct some of the worst excesses of the exurbs

Hazir Reka / Reuters

An Oil Company Buys Out an Entire ZIP Code

One Detroit refinery's unusual approach to reducing negative health effects

Where the Poorest Americans Live

After dropping for nearly a decade, the number of Americans living in extreme poverty is on the rise

Reuters

When Taxi Vouchers Make More Sense Than Fixing Mass Transit

With money tight for traditional public transportation, cities consider alternatives

Andrew Winning / Reuters

Surveillance Technology and the Modern Protest

The ability to identify people from even short clips of video is rapidly improving

Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Street Art Finds a Home in Tel Aviv

A wildly popular museum show has made stars of the Israeli city's prolific street artists

Reuters

Is Yemen's Capital City Doomed?

Sana'a could literally run out of water by 2017. And so far, very little has been done