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What's Better Exercise: Biking or Walking?

CityLab investigated this workout showdown.

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The Play Area Bringing Music and Light to New Orleans's Lower Ninth

A design firm worked with residents of the Katrina-ravaged neighborhood to create a rare play space for kids and families.    

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This Is Your Brain on Nature

Urban green space is a balm for all sorts of stuff. In a new book, The Nature Fix, Florence Williams makes the case for why we should all be spending more time outside.

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When St. Patrick's Day Revelry Overwhelms a Neighborhood

An influx of partygoers presents tricky logistical questions for enclaves that see their numbers swell.

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Sense and the City

How did 18th-century urban dwellers make sense of their loud and stinky worlds? Historian Carolyn Purnell explains.

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Muslims of New York

A new photography exhibit shows that being Muslim and being American are not mutually exclusive.

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London's Food Waste Pop-Up Showcases the Swanky Side of Scraps

Celebrity chefs are at the helm of an avant-garde restaurant on top of Selfridges department store.

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The NYC Artist Excavating 'Alternative Facts'

Joe Bochynski’s fake archaeology challenges viewers to figure out what’s believable and what’s not.

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Playgrounds Designed for Everyone

Inclusive playgrounds accommodate kids with disabilities, fostering fun and compassion for all.

"Get Out"

The Horror of 'Get Out' Is Everywhere

You can take the horror film out of the city and out of the suburbs, and racism for black people will still be scary.

The Youth Culture of Cairo

Cairo Youth Protest Urban Dysfunction With Hip Hop

A short documentary shows how warehouse dance parties, rooftop pop-and-lock sessions, and motorcycle stunts help young Egyptians reclaim neglected spaces.

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Saving NoLa's Favorite Mardi Gras Cocktail From Extinction

No one knows why Ojen became so popular in the city, but it has long been the party liqueur of choice.

Nick David and Jack Flynn

How Carnival Dancers Prepare to Hit the Street

This short film profiles a troupe getting ready to boogie in Hackney.

Stanza

DIY Your Own City Symphony With This Database of Urban Noise

The London artist Stanza has been crowdsourcing sounds from various cities since the ‘90s and wants people to use them for personal projects.

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Do You Want to Be the Mall of America's Writer-in-Residence?

The massive shopping center, to celebrate its 25th anniversary, wants to bring on an artist—to write in the mall, about the mall, and for the mall.

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What Happens When a Local Restaurant Gets Famous?

For a little Vietnamese pho shop in Seattle, home to a three-liter noodle bowl, popularity was a boon and a headache.

Nicola Urban, Tolmezzo, Italy

Tiny Libraries, Big Ideas

A design challenge asked architects, book enthusiasts, and doodlers to rethink the little free library.

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How to Observe Your City

A new book offers a toolkit to help urbanites look closely and carefully.