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We Want You: City Data Edition

A new portal will collect open streams from different cities, making for easier comparisons.

Ghost Town on the Thames

Olympic visitors came for the sports, and stayed for the karaoke bar in the mall. Why aren't they visiting London?

The Failure of Walmart's Sustainability Measures

The retail giant's push has generated a lot of publicity, but it's not fixing the fundamental problems.

The Rise of Economic Segregation

Increasing income inequality is changing the patterns of where Americans live, according to a new report.

Reimagining an Entire Neighborhood Through Murals

Dutch muralists Haas and Hahn have teamed up to revitalize a blighted section of Philadelphia.

In Search of a Cure for Zombie Neighborhoods

A new study details the rise of abandoned properties in Buffalo.

Survival Lessons From an Ancient Failed City

Suburbanization and poorly planned infrastructure led to Angkor Wat's metropolitan collapse. Its demise offers an important lesson for today’s cities.

Confirmed Stereotype of the Day: Brazilians Love to Dance

The World Cities Culture Report came out today, and most of what you thought is true.

Does This 13-Foot-Tall Japanese Robot Really Exist?

We're calling B.S. on this fully armed, $1.3 million deathbot.

A Satellite Time-Lapse Wondermap

Watch 13 years of development and change on any point on the globe.

Why the Amish Population Is Exploding

The number of Amish people in the U.S. has doubled in the last 20 years, and the sect is spreading across the United States.

The Link Between the U.S. Drought and Climate Change

We’re not creating weather patterns we’ve never experienced before, but they're exacerbated by a warming climate.

Are Co-Ops the Future of Green Energy?

English community takes collective ownership of solar farm.

China's Dirty Water

A third of industrial waste water is released, without treatment, into rivers and lakes.

The High Cost of Beijing's Empty Bird's Nest

The celebrated venue costs $11 million a year to maintain.

Text Yourself Into This Public Art Show

A roving exhibit lets anyone write in.

Is Toronto's Mayor a Barrier to Good Planning?

As the city finally hires a new chief planner, concerns about politics persist.

Can Light Rail Carry a City's Transit System?

It can if it's built right, as in Portland or San Diego, and new research explains why.

The Geography of Bars and Restaurants

America's best cities for eating and drinking, according to Trulia.