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When Los Angeles' Blue Line Was New

Celebrate its 24th birthday with a 1990 video touting "a promise delivered." And a talking owl named Travis.

Streetfilms

How Parking Spaces Are Eating Our Cities Alive

More cities are beginning to scale back on spots, seeing them as wasted space.

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Your Almond Habit Is Sucking California Dry

California is facing a devastating drought, and this little nut is part of the problem.

Google

Airbus Wants to Patent a Way to Guarantee You Even Less Legroom

More people would fit on a plane if they would sit on hinged bike saddles.

Adam Hunger/Reuters

How Much Does Northeast Ohio Need LeBron?

LeBron James thinks he can boost the fortunes of Northeast Ohio by returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The area could use some help.

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Paris Wants Landlords to Turn Vacant Office Space Into Apartments—Or Else

The city has a surplus of empty commercial buildings that could better serve as residences. And it plans to fine owners who don't convert.

AP

Why People Still Move to 'Unhappy' Places

For one thing, low rents.

Courtesy NASA, the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit

What Does Your City Look Like From Space?

A new website lets you check out photos taken by astronauts of specific spots on Earth.

A Brief History of Houses Built Out of Spite

One way to get back at the neighbors? Block their light and views.

Flickr user Mr.TinDC

Why Higher Fares Would Be Good for Public Transit

If transit is really to thrive in the United States, agencies need to reconsider their reliance on taxpayer subsidies.

Reuters/David Ryder

Where Americans Really Earn the Most from Their Paychecks

New Yorkers may earn more, but don't they get less bang for their buck?

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Helsinki's Vision for Ending Car Ownership: Best #CityReads of the Week

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

Travis Huggett

Photographing New Yorkers on the Bus

Travis Huggett waits at bus stops and red lights to artfully capture MTA passengers at night.

James West and Jaeah Lee

Inside Yingli, the Giant Chinese Solar Company Sponsoring the World Cup

You’ve seen their logos on the sidelines, now get a peek inside the company trying to transform the world.

PLOS ONE

In Denmark, Immigrant Birds May Have To Pay Their Own Way

As climate change causes animal species to make big geographic moves, deciding what is and isn't "native" could get tricky—especially when it comes to conservation funding. 

REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Detroit Still Shouldn't Sell Its Art

Auctioning off Detroit's art collection would reduce the city's debt, not its suffering. Residents shouldn't go for it, even as the price climbs.

Tooshlights

Traffic Lights Are Coming to a Restroom Near You

Tooshlights aim to shorten public bathroom lines and offer more privacy.

Juriaan Booij/Studio Swine

Pollution Pulled from the Sea Yields Functional Art

UK artists sail across the Atlantic Ocean crafting works from materials that are destroying the marine ecosystem.

Reuters/Mansi Thapliyal

The World's Biggest Cities Will Be in Asia and Africa by 2030

New York, Osaka, and Sao Paulo won't even make the top 10.