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Watch the Startling Evolution of American Obesity

Animating the nation’s expanding waistline over the past three decades.

Charge Your Phone the Lo-Fi Way

A tiny gadget called the Nipper uses AA batteries to give your phone a boost.

MIT Puts Pedestrians at the Center of Urban Design

MIT Media Lab’s “Placelet” project will measure the quality of a space by tracking how people move through it.

A Big Turnout for a Tiny House 'Jamboree'

The crowd of 40,000 quadrupled the expected attendance.

A Conversation With the Mayor of New Orleans on Ending Gun Violence

Mayor Mitch Landrieu is on a mission to make his city safer.

An Explosion in Bangkok

Local news reports say at least 19 people are dead and dozens injured.

Fortify Your Phone With a Pope Francis App

Pilgrims will be able to follow the papal leader’s upcoming visit to Philadelphia (and plan their own) using an app developed by IBM.

'Show Me a Hero' Is 'More Resonant Today Than When I Wrote It'

Journalist Lisa Belkin, whose 1999 book was adapted for the HBO series, talks about what’s changed—and what hasn’t—in Yonkers and beyond.

America's Ongoing Love Affair With the Car

Despite modest improvements in dense city centers, the vast majority of us are still driving to work alone.

African Cities Are Starting to Look Eerily Like Chinese Ones

A journalist and an architect tell us how and why.

A Troubling Review of Public Transit in New Orleans Since Katrina

Despite some recent progress, the city has prioritized streetcars to the detriment of bus service, according to a new report.

'Show Me a Hero': Welcome to Yonkers

The HBO miniseries from The Wire creator David Simon follows an embattled city resisting efforts to build public housing.

The Courage of Julian Bond

His long career in public office began with a battle for recognition, and the audacity to believe he might actually prevail.

How to See Invisible Infrastructure

I spent a weekend at the International Utility Locate Rodeo, where people compete to find hidden cables, water mains, and gas lines.

Urban Grime Can Contribute to Air Pollution

Researchers say it spurts ozone-causing chemicals into the environment.

Why Candidates Flock to the Iowa State Fair: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

The Fair Housing Fight in 'Show Me a Hero' Is Happening in Every City in America

David Simon’s HBO miniseries, premiering Sunday, looks back at a specific time and place. But the same issues are boiling over today.

Junk Food Companies Want Black and Latino Consumers the Most

Soda and snack companies spend more of their budgets and time marketing to people of color, which may explain public-health disparities.

Vinylify Puts Your Favorite Songs on a Record

For all of your hipster mix tape needs.