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The Greening of America's Taxis

With car ownership falling, taxis are more important than ever.

U.S. Department of Energy

How a City in Decline Sold Itself to Its Own Residents

By the late 1980s, many San Angelinos had given up on their Texas town. But an innovative program reminded them of their architectural heritage.

This Tiny Robot Makes Street Signs Much Prettier

An urban hacker from Tokyo thinks street poles should look like candy canes, and he's built the 'bot to do that.

A Christmas 'Tree' That Projects Videos, Lights, Even Sound

This eco-friendly sculpture re-imagines the classic city square decoration.

High-Speed Video of the Day: Dozens of Jets Landing at Heathrow

Pretty efficient, contrary to popular opinion.

Would You Ride a Bike That Sounded Like a Trotting Horse?

It's a Monty Python gag, of course.

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This New Bike Light Goes the Distance

The attachment projects a symbol 20 feet ahead of the bike, enhancing presence for oncoming traffic and lane mergers.

Nation's Capital Ushers in the Holidays with an Exploding Christmas Tree

Next up: a rocket-propelled menorah?

Pouring Milk All Over Yourself: The Next Extremely Bizarre Trend?

This thought-provoking gag is the best new thing.

A 70-Year-Old Documentary About Cities Shows We Haven't Come Very Far

The walkable, bikable suburb of the "future" looks an awful lot like the smart growth ideas of today.

Urban Fixes to Fight the Next Sandy

Unconventional ideas for climate-proofing New York City.

Glow-in-the-Dark Parkour Performers Light Up Bangkok

Athletes sporting LED-studded suits cast neon streaks through markets and over roofs of the Thai metropolis.

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The Empire State Building Becomes a Dancing, Twinkling Light Show

A sleek new system adds motion to the traditional "Tower Lights."

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Bus-Stop Ads Torn Straight From Dante's Inferno

In Berlin, a shadowy street artist known as Vermibus transforms mundane billboards into creepy macabre frightscapes

Portland's New Velodrome a Big Win for Cyclists, Hematomas

A night of competitive cycling on "brakeless" single-speed cycles offers a veritable highlight reel of face planting and smashing into walls.

Holiday Car Ads in the Era of Millennials Buying Fewer Cars

Lexus takes aim at social media as a perceived deterrent to driving.

Improv Everywhere

Prank of the Day: Black Friday at the Dollar Store

Improv Everywhere doin' that thing they do.

This Could Be the Key to Making Downtowns Greener

This green wall out of the University of Washington could bring plant life to dense urban areas where green space is hard to come by.

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9 Years Later, Nobody Misses the Concorde

In hindsight, supersonic commercial travel turned out to be a very brief period in the history of aviation.