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Letting Brazil's Homeless Speak for Themselves

Social media projects in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo illuminate the lives of the homeless in Brazil's biggest cities—without value judgments.

Gentrification 'Without the Negative' in Columbus, Ohio

A local arts group moved into an abandoned factory. What does it mean for the surrounding neighborhood?

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Why There Will Always Be Room on the Road for Skilled Taxi Drivers

GPS and e-hailing apps like Uber don't have mean the end of professional cabbies.

AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

Ferguson Braces for a Reprise

With the grand jury decision looming in the case of Darren Wilson, the turmoil that defined the summer may return.

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Buy One Home in Silicon Valley—or 30 in Cleveland

Affordable housing is not likely to emerge as a priority in the toughest markets.

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San Francisco Is Painting the Streets with Historical Creeks

A placemaking project traces the city's long-buried arroyos.

Kristof Retezár

This Water Bottle for Bikes Generates H2O From the Air

Under hot and humid conditions, "Fontus" claims to "make" 17 ounces of water in an hour.

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On This Day in 1926, America's Interstate Roadways Were Numbered for the First Time

Long before the Interstate Highway System, the country's mishmash of independent trails officially became part of a numerical system.

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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.

Reuters

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.