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Scenes From Europe's Frozen Cities

A photographic tour of the freezing cold consuming much of the continent.

One Month in Beijing = Smoking 5 Cigarettes

The city's notorious pollution is put into perspective by a local physician.

This Week in Bans: 'Gay Lifestyles' Outlawed in St. Petersburg, Russia

Plus, Tucson kills its Mexican American Studies program to comply with state law; Gulfport, Mississippi, clears out lawn couches; a meat thief is banned in Britain.

Azerbaijan's Plans for a One Kilometer-Tall Skyscraper

The architectural centerpiece for a series of man-made islands would also become the world's tallest building.

Postcard From Venice

Frozen canals, a fake holy water racket, and more news from the "City of Water."

As Canada's First Nations Start Developing Their Land, Is Sprawl Inevitable?

British Columbia's Tsawwassen First Nation's first development project will be a massive exurban shopping mall.

Have Americans Given Up On McMansions?

Home sizes have been increasing in the U.S. for decades, but that trend looks to be changing.

U.S. Cities Are Losing 4 Million Trees a Year

Tree coverage is steadily shrinking in urban America, according to a new study of aerial photos.

Literacy and the Wealth of Cities

The list of America's Most Literate Cities suggests there's little relationship between literacy and economic development. Our analysis suggests otherwise.

Inside Smellvertising, the Scented Advertising Tactic Coming Soon to a City Near You

U.K. bus stops will soon smell like delicious baked potatoes. And this is likely just the beginning.

Are America's Prison Towns Doomed?

With the nation's incarceration rate steadily declining, small towns that bet big on prisons are finding themselves in a financial jam.

Gross Picture of the Day: New York City's Ugliest Rat

Quite possibly the world's worst photo contest.

East L.A. Denied Cityhood Once Again

Neighborhood has been seeking incorporation for decades, but is turned down over financial concerns.

DVD Release of Director's Cut of Ben Affleck's 'The Town' Gets Its Own Boston Street for Some Reason

The 2010 bank-robbery flick finally gets the recognition it deserves with Boston's newest street corner, "The Town Take 2 Place."

What the Latest Report on Racial Inequality Doesn't Tell Us

New numbers from the Urban Institute require some context.

How Huntsville Breeds Rocket Scientists

Rocket scientist Tim Pickens on his city's culture of scientific discovery.

Postcard From London

A free job to the person who can come up with the best tour of Great Britian, and more news.

An African City's Unusual Preservation Legacy

Decades after colonialism, Asmara has embraced the buildings Italy left behind.

The Death Row of Urban Highways, Part 2

A look at five more city-infringing freeways targeted for much-needed demolition.