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It May Be Possible to Actually Live in an IKEA

Twelve-year-old Peng Yijian holed up in Shanghai mega-stores for six days, reportedly living off free food samples.

D.C. Hopes to Address the Special Needs of Homeless Vets, Beyond Just Housing

A new D.C. apartment complex puts services for homeless veterans onsite.

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What We Can Learn From a Vintage Visualization of Global Migration

A French archival map represents global migration circa 1858 in strikingly similar ways to how researchers do it today.

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Cape Town Has Created a Disastrous Memorial to Nelson Mandela

It's a giant pair of Ray-Bans. No, really.

Georgia Perry

Eugene, Oregon's Radical Solution to Homelessness: A Bare-Bones Shed Village

None of the structures in Opportunity Village pass dwelling codes, but the community is a grassroots attempt at the newly embraced Housing First model.

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The Water Bandits: Drought Is Driving Californians to Theft

In the new Wild West, law enforcement is scrambling to respond.

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A Toast to John Shields, Who Made Every Trader Joe's Feel Like Home

As the West Coast chain went national in the '90s, the former CEO—who died recently at 82—went to great lengths to infuse local influence into each new store.

Anthony Flint

The Hazardous Business of Celebrating Le Corbusier

The pioneer of modern architecture inspired hundreds of drab downtowns and suburban corporate office parks. But he had many good ideas that are relevant to citybuilding today

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The Fall and (Partial) Rise of the Rural Creative Class

The rural creative class has recovered from the recession like its urban counterparts—but it’s how and where that matters.

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Two-Thirds of the U.S. Is About to Get Really Cold

One expert explains the "polar vortex" as a pack of wild dogs.

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New York City's Marijuana Reform Doesn't Go Far Enough

The NYPD may no longer arrest people for pot possession—but the new system may be no better.

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Your Romantic Nighttime Photos of the Eiffel Tower Violate Copyright Laws

A daytime photo is fine, but night shots are problematic since the light show is relatively new.

Egg-Freezing Parties Aren't Going Away Any Time Soon

They've jumped from Manhattan to the West Coast. How much farther might they spread?

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How Will Cities Measure Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

Two recent forward leaps, from the U.N. and London.

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Why Some Places Still Have Plenty of Pay Phones

They survive where people still use them.

Patrick Coulie

An Etsy Co-Founder and His Wife Have Big Plans for Albuquerque

From a digital fabrication startup to green buildings, Jared and Laurie Tarbell are trying to make downtown a hotbed of innovation.

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This Guy Has a Rocket-Powered Bike, and You Don't

François Gissy broke his world record at 207 mph, and he's already hatching plans for a bike he calls the "Spine Crusher."

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Why Traffic Jams in Big Cities Are a Problem for Small Towns, Too

Congestion in major metro areas leads to freight backups across the country.

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The Rise of Invisible Unemployment

Three theories about today's biggest economic mystery: If unemployment is shrinking, why aren't wages growing?