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What Firechat's Success in Hong Kong Means for a Global Internet

The app now connecting political protesters could soon connect people in the developing world.

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London Gets Flooded With Eerie, Disembodied Chickens

No, there's not a serial killer targeting poultry.

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Seattle May Miss Its NBA Team, but Its Old Arena Doesn't

After losing millions of dollars during the Sonics' final years, the 52-year-old Key Arena is a moneymaker again.

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An Illustrated Guide to the Insane Housing Boom in Washington, D.C.

A new report covers the meteoric growth of the city's real estate market.

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Why Can't Transportation Mega-Projects Be Both Beautiful and Practical?

In New York City's $4 billion PATH Hub, form overtakes function.

Annual Review of Neuroscience

The 30-Year Quest to Find the Brain's Transit Center

Science has solved a centuries-old question: How does the mind process space?

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Americans Have Been Cursing at Automated Checkouts Since 1937

Self-checkouts feel like a product of the disconnected Internet age, but Clarence Saunders pushed them nearly 80 years ago.

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What 50 Years of Bullet Trains Have Done for Japan

A case study in making a small country even smaller.

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Why Can't Austin Attract International Students?

One of America's rising tech hubs may suffer unless it draws more foreign students to its universities—and welcomes them into the larger culture.

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NYC's Smartphone-Tracking Phone Booths Do Not Mark the Data Privacy Apocalypse

When it comes to targeted advertising, there's much, much worse out there.

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Dutch Designers Just Made Your Market Look Sorry

A clever combined market and apartment project navigates strict Dutch laws for food and housing.

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When Harassment of Bicyclists and Pedestrians Is a Crime

Kansas City, Missouri, is the latest city to pass legislation prohibiting drivers from "intimidating or injuring" walkers and bikers.

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Running the Numbers on Amtrak's $689 Million Worth of Sandy Damage

Pressure washing, bench wall replacement, direct fixation tracks—oh, my.

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Oslo Really Didn't Want the 2022 Winter Olympics

Hosting the games has become a sprawling, expensive, drama-filled honor.

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Why 12-Foot Traffic Lanes Are Disastrous for Safety and Must Be Replaced Now

Let's make "10 not 12!" a new mantra for saving our cities and towns.

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Advice for Hong Kong's Protesters From a Tiananmen Activist

"To have everything or nothing is not the goal. It’s whether we can make a step forward."

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Running to Safety in Caracas

The popular jogging group Runners Venezuela wants to reclaim the streets after dark.

An Addictive Tool Tracks the Explosive Expansion of the World's Megacities

Examining swelling urban borders over the past 100 years.

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The Fading Distinction Between City and Suburb

As high-income people return to cities and urban neighborhoods, they bring much of their suburban lifestyle with them.