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Even In Low-Crime Portland, Police Want Cameras

Despite pockets of crime, critics say the cameras are taking police power too far.

How Smart Phones Are Turning Our Public Places Into Private Ones

Smart phones have given us a lot of great benefits, but this is not one of them.

The Limits of Density

Denser cities are more productive, more innovative, and more energy efficient. But only up to a point. 

Eviction of the Day: Milan's Occupied Skyscraper

The artists behind the MACAO project have officially been given the boot.

These Cities Buy More Books Than Your City

But are they really smarter than your city?

The State of Detroit

The first installment in a five-part series featuring Richard Florida leading a conversation on the future of the Motor City.

When a Bubble Becomes a Building

At a new festival in Rotterdam, the world's most fragile and temporary pavilion. 

Plastic Straw Bans Are the New Plastic Bag Bans

Environmentalists have kicked off a campaign called "Straw Wars" to rid London's Soho district of drinking straws.

How Detroit Is Rising

You've heard the story of the city's downfall. This is the story of its comeback.

Havana's International Art Draw

Cuba's capital celebrates its 11th art biennial. 

Why Seniors, Children, and the Poor Are at Greater Risk of Traffic Deaths

Low-income neighborhoods often lack even the most basic pedestrian infrastructure.

Just How Bad Is Noise Pollution for Our Health?

At best, noise is distracting. But the distraction can have significant consequences.

Did Parking Meters Just Get Too Smart?

The end of free time in Santa Monica.

Virtual Murals for Real-Life Buildings

The new frontier of augmented reality apps comes to urban art.

The Midwest's Rebuild Era, in Pictures

A sociologist and an urban historian document the community activism reshaping some of the cities hardest hit by the great recession.

Small Business of the Day: Dallas's 'Anger Room'

Sign a waiver and pay a small fee, and you can destroy all sorts of furniture, electronics, even mannequins.

The World's Tallest LEGO Skyscraper, For Now

Seoul is the most recent city to claim the record, broken 30 times in 24 years.

This Armored Wallpaper Can Stop People from Stealing Your Wi-Fi

Researchers in Grenoble, France, have developed a wallpaper that blocks wireless internet signals from leaking out of your home.

Why Does This Bench Need an Instruction Sign?

Has the city's public-works department gone rogue?