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Scott Hocking

To Understand Detroit, Look in at Night

A new exhibition uses darkness to highlight the nuances of blight and revitalization—and the culture that has stayed rooted all along.

Courtesy of Spectrum Toy Store

The Chicago Toy Store for Kids With Autism

Families are driving from all over the Midwest to the new retailer.

Courtesy of Derek Dudek

The Tricky Nature of Reusing Urban Timber

Two Connecticut brothers collect the remains of city trees and fashion them into furniture and art.

Hiroshi Sugimoto

The Quiet Glamour of Empty Theaters

A new book collects Hiroshi Sugimoto’s stunning images of drive-ins and movie palaces.

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A Book for Everything You Want to Know About the Moscow Metro

Hidden Urbanism is a thorough exploration of the 80-year-old transit system and its future.

(c) 2016 by Miriam Klein Stahl

40 Women Who Shaped Cities

A new book pays homage to gutsy and groundbreaking women around the world.

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For Chinatown's Oldest Residents, a Mobile Market Brings Back the Bok Choy

The initiative helps ease the challenge of buying fresh Asian produce.

The Scary City Movies You've Been Looking For

Here’s what to watch this Halloween weekend.

It Follows, From Inner-City Detroit to the Suburbs

What urban myths tell us about racial fears.

Columbia Pictures

In 'The Stepford Wives,' Community Kills

The 1975 thriller riffed on the anxieties of suburban life.

Seoul's Inequality as Violence in 'Oldboy'

The horrifying 2003 South Korean film shocked viewers, but scholars say the violence is actually a critique of global capitalism.

The Gangs of L.A.: 'Assault on Precinct 13'

John Carpenter’s cult gang-siege flick made sunny Southern California scary.

UC Press

Mapping 26 Kaleidoscopic New York Cities

Rebecca Solnit’s third and final urban atlas reminds the reader that maps are not facts, but starting points.

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Mesmerizing Aerial Photos of Vast Human Playgrounds

A new book takes a birds’ eye view of recreation spaces across the globe.

Blue Crow Media

A Map for Exploring D.C.'s Brutalist Landscape

From the concrete vaults of Harry Weese’s Metro to Gordon Bunshaft’s doughnut-shaped Hirshhorn Museum, there’s no lack of heroic architecture to see in the nation’s capital.

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9 Books About City Life You Must Read This Fall

These new titles open windows onto urban culture around the world.

Twelve South

Why Not Cozy Up to a Candle That Smells Like a MacBook?

Because nothing conjures home and comfort like the scent of cold metal.

Heidrum Henke

The Vienna Orchestra That Makes Music With Vegetables

First songs, then soup.