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Mermaids on Main Street

Pictures from the annual Coney Island parade.

Insane 'Free Skiing' in the Urban Ruins of Industrial Russia

A group of hardcore Finnish free-ski stylists are making amazing videos amid the urban landscapes of Northern and Eastern Europe.

In San Francisco, a One-Stop Shop for Building Better Streets

A new website streamlines the process for creating parklets, art installations, bike parking and more.

Green Building's Growing Pains

The proliferation of green building standards and evaluations mean more choices about which program to prioritize.

What Honeybees Can Teach Us About Gang-Related Crime

Police typically identify gang territories by tracking crime, graffiti and other clues. But a simple ecological equation might do the job even better.

The Secret Conservative War on Zoning

The controversial American Legislative Exchange Council appears to be behind a new effort to unravel local zoning and regulatory authority across the country.

Photo of the Day: Dumpster Pics From Hamburg

1,100 Dumpsters are transformed into pinhole cameras.

This Is Not an Interrogation Device, Just a Super-Safe Bike Helmet

It may look like a radioactive Chambered Nautilus initiating a cranial death-grip, but the builders of the LumaHelm see a universe of possibility in its bizarre light-shell.

Matchmaking Abandoned Properties With Ideas for Reuse

An Italian website compiles crowd wisdom and ideas to utilize vacant properties.

A Car That Navigated Itself Way Back in 1966

A proto-GPS used punch cards to direct drivers.

Officials Gone Wild: Cook County Morgue CEO Flees Stacks of Corpses

Also, Los Angeles-area officials believe that "money makes the monkey dance," and a Georgia mayor struggles to get somebody to pay for his lawsuit.

Climate Change at the Neighborhood Level

Researchers in Los Angeles try out a more granular approach to temperature change estimates.

After Elections, Tahrir Square Erupts Into a Party

A rare moment of celebration in Cairo.

The Secret City That Birthed the Atomic Bomb

Photos from the Tennessee town of Oak Ridge, where thousands of workers and their families lived while constructing the atom bomb.

Can Solar Panels and Historic Preservation Get Along?

Ideas for rules that balance a building’s historic character with the need for green energy.

Surveillance Cameras Could Make Us Better People

New research finds the "bystander effect" can be offset by the presence of public self-awareness.

The Grave Health Risks of Unwalkable Communities

Our car-dependent lifestyle has led to a dramatic rise in obesity-related illnesses. But we can do something about it.

Watch These American Cities Segregate, Even As They Diversify

No, we have not reached the end of segregation. Something much more complicated is going on.

The Rise of the Creative Class, Revisited

A new economic and social order is a double-edged sword: it unleashes incredible energies, but it also causes tremendous hardships.