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There Are More Refugees Living in Urban Areas Than in Rural Refugee Camps

A new UN report shows the urban face of global displacement.


Greece, Without the Tourists

Despite hopes, tourism hasn't pulled Greece out of its recession.

NYC Dept. of Transportation

Freeway Removal Hits a Roadblock in the Bronx

Reports of the death of the Sheridan Expressway have been greatly exaggerated.

Broken City Lab

Life Inside the Broken City

The artist collective Broken City Lab is working to re-engage citizens in the struggling city of Windsor, Ontario.

Prelinger Archive

How Road Maps Were Made in the 1940s

An educational film from Chevrolet explains what it took to make an accurate map.


Building a Better Bus Stop

In Paris, a glimpse at what could be.

What If the Housing Bust Wasn’t a Game-Changer?

Something dramatic has to happen to fundamentally change how and where Americans live. But what if the recession wasn't it?


London's Opening Ceremony Might Actually Be Good

Leaked news of the city's first Olympic moment include nods to England's musical influence and winks to its agrarian past.


Homeownership Means Little to Economic Growth

The rate of homeownership has virtually no bearing on the economic development of America's cities and metros.

Impure Blog

Visualization of the Day: The Population Growth of 590 Cities

This chart might break your brain.


Get Ready for Pizza Vending Machines, America

Is this what passes as "genuine Italian pizza" nowadays?


When It Comes to Cutting Carbon, Cities May Be More Powerful Than National Governments

Mayors have direct control of 75 percent of emission sources in their cities, according to a new report.


Summer Loving, City Style

Photos of kissing couples around the world.

Courtesy of Flickr user ComùnicaTI under a Creative Commons license.

A Peep at 10 of the World's Most Popular Red Light Districts

Where urban morals, margins, and mainstream converge — under cover of a neon glow.

Courtesy: Reel

A Brilliant DIY Bike Storage Solution

A customizable "basket" that carries everything from patch kits to baguettes.

Active Living Research

How Cities Can Help Fight Obesity

Some ideas for using existing infrastructure to get people outside and eating well.


San Francisco's High-Tech Cost Advantage

San Francisco stacks up well these days compared with Silicon Valley.


Toilet Tuesday: Of Course There's an App for Pooping

Our weekly look at the loos that matter.

Wikimedia Commons

The Birth of Zoning Codes, a History

Or, how Americans learned to legislate our NIMBY impulses.