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How Teachers Learn to Discuss Racism

Urban-education programs prepare them for imperative contemporary conversations with students.

Oscar Boyson

A Globetrotting Filmmaker, Seeking Answers About Our Urban Future

Oscar Boyson’s documentary is a jet-setting look at problems and solutions in cities centers across the world.

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What Kids Can Learn From Urban Planning

In some schools, “design thinking” has become a buzzword emphasizing critical thinking and problem solving.

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Finding Joy in Urban Winters

The Danish concept of hygge, or coziness, offers a blueprint.

Wellcome Library

The Case for the Commons

Private property is a relatively new invention. What’s the future of sharing stuff and services?

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Understanding Cities Through Urban Gastronomy

“Activating the City,” a new exhibition in Seoul, looks at how the distribution and consumption of food shapes urban areas across the globe.

Lost & Found Films

The Chicago Chefs Making Fancy Cuisine Approachable

Saturday night dinners at El Ideas include a handful of bone-marrow breadcrumbs.

Breakdancing to 'The Nutcracker' in New York City

A contemporary twist on the classic ballet.

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Bringing Christmas Back Downtown

Shoppers once flocked to the centers of American cities during the holidays. Today, boosters are using the season to spur urban revival.

Lisa Rowan

Why Is There So Much Philly Food in Florida?

Cheesesteaks in paradise.

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Excavating the Legacy of the Internment Camps

Through new research and exhibitions, historians are racing to preserve stories from the forced relocation of Americans and Canadians of Japanese descent during World War II.

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What Makes Food 'American'?

A new book samples eight flavors that unite people across decades and demographics.

The Fading Glory of Bowling in Milwaukee

“We’re the Rodney Dangerfield of professional sports.”

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1.4 Million People, 1 Bookstore

The Bronx is set to lose its only bookseller. An independent shop hopes to take its place.

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Three Cities Where Santa Acts Like a Local

Holiday celebrations in Houston, Chicago, and Portland have a distinctly hometown flair.

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D.C. Readers! Come to Our First-Ever HappyHourLab

We’re trying something new, and we hope you’ll join us.

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The Urban Playground That Builds Kids' Brains

An Oakland park is promoting literacy through fun.

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Teach-Ins in the Time of Trump

After the election, universities are positioning themselves as sources of information about immigration rights.