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Rethinking the Urban Cemetery

The future of burial might be interactive—or it might be eco-compostable.

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With Vastly Lower Costs, Mid-Size Cities Give the Hard Sell to Start-Ups

Affordability and public support is helping a handful of Southern U.S. cities seem more attractive to entrepreneurs. But can it last?

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European Wildfires Could Be 200 Percent Worse by the End of 2100

Blame more hot weather and longer droughts for a predicted uptick in land-blackening blazes.

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It's Crucial Not to Forget That Nearly Everyone Still Drives to Work

In every urban demographic group in our State of City poll, the majority commuted by car.

Smartphones and the Uncertain Future of 'Spatial Thinking'

Navigation apps are transforming the way we experience urban environments, for better and for worse.

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Strategic Reforestation Could Be the Key to Fighting Ozone

Scientists working in smoggy Houston say planting a 1.5-square-mile forest would make the air more breathable.

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How Will We Eat Once We've Colonized Mars?

We might be able to garden. 

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Americans Work Longer Hours—and Stranger Hours

Americans are far more likely to work on weekends or in the dead of night.

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Yet Another Reason to Like Green Neighborhoods: They're Associated With Healthier Births

Over the course of 3 years, pregnant women living in Vancouver’s greenest neighborhoods delivered healthier babies than those in less tree-lined communities.

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When Neighborhood Re-Branding Celebrates What's Disappearing

"Branding" revamped neighborhoods for a barely past history can feel like a backhanded homage.

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The Geography of NFL Fandom

The Patriots really do rule New England, and the Cowboys might just be America's team. But after that, things get complicated.

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American Farms are in Jeopardy—Because of Inefficient Rail Service

Some farmers are facing a crisis this harvest season because trains aren't keeping up with transport demand.

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Germs Spread Unbelievably Fast in the Workplace

It can take as little as 2 hours for one stomach-flu sufferer to contaminate half of a single office.

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Reno Won Tesla's Gigafactory. Was It Worth It?

It's the 10th largest incentive deal ever, with Nevada paying nearly $200,000 per job.

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The Power of Walking: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

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What Can We Learn From the Wealth of Virtual Nations?

Economists look to massively multi-player online games for insight into real-world money questions. 

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For Punk Music, Gentrification Is the New Ronald Reagan

In D.C, developers and restaurateurs are now subject to the kind of disdain that punks once held for the former president. It's only partly deserved.

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A Dublin-Based Startup Hopes to Make Tracking Changes in Your Neighborhood a Whole Lot Easier

BuildingEye thinks finding info on construction and development plans should be as simple as a web search.

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Despite the Hype, the World Cup Ended Up Being Bad Business for Brazil's Sex Workers

Across Rio, brothel revenues were down anywhere from 15 to 50 percent.