This 'Airbnb for the Elderly' Could Curb Loneliness in Cities

The Freebird Club hopes to form new networks among isolated older residents.

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​​​​​​​Why Some People Find Crowded Cities Relaxing—And Others Don’t

Not everyone is invigorated by fleeing bustling sidewalks.

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Slapping a Reservation Fee on Public Park Space Will Never Work

The life and death of a pilot program in San Francisco’s Dolores Park shows that the cringeworthy idea was doomed from the start.

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Is Tourism Spoiling Iceland?

The island nation’s visitor boom is putting its infrastructure under heavy stress, but some answers are on the way.

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The Many Faces of 'Regulars' in Brooklyn

A new book documents local characters and the places they love.

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Boston's Secret Sidewalk Poems Add Some Cheer to Rainy Days

It’s the latest city to make something pretty out of dreary weather.

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Paris Museums Are Papering a Subway Station With Cheeky Recreations of Famous Art

A new campaign aims to help infrequent museum goers feel more inclined to pay a visit.

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Portraits of Stylish Cyclists and Their Beloved Bikes

Sam Polcer’s portraits celebrate cool riders around the world.

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How Badly Do New York City Subway Riders Actually Behave?

A new study finds manspreading and door-blocking are legitimate issues. Eating and pole-hogging, not so much.

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In a Lonely City, This Group Is Here to Listen

Urban Confessional lends a helping ear to strangers on the street.

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This Is How Highway Officials Partied in 1936

They threw a shindig in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Why Some Restaurants Are Walking Back Their No-Tipping Policies

A major chain and a high-profile New York spot have reversed course on a dining trend that’s come to be tied to workers’ welfare.

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Making Art Out of Mid-Century Pitstops

Erica Hauser paints nostalgic snippets of roadside attractions and ephemera.

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A Day in the Grueling Life of a New York City Bridge Welder

What it's like to be one of the few women maintaining New York's iconic bridges.

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Eating My Way Through Israel

How a new kind of comfort food helped me settle in to life abroad.

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How Writing Down Stories Brings Strangers Together

The Strangers Project makes city residents a little more connected, one handwritten page at a time.


The Best Thing About San Diego Is...Tijuana

Across the border, I found a vibrant scene that helped me appreciate California.

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Cities Have Been Trying to Curb Dog Poop for Centuries

Excrement: messing up city streets since the 1800s.