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Look at This Beautiful Nightmare of an Early 2000s Local Access Show

The ‘Let’s Go Buffalo Show’ is an endearing time capsule from a forgettable period in the city’s history.

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Are 'Innovation Districts' Right for Every City?

“Labeling something innovative does not make it so.”


China Debuts a Riot-Quelling 'Security Robot'

The robot performs automatic patrols and can shock people with an electric prod.


The Low-Tech Town Where Major Social Networks Are Quaint Meeting Places

“Facebook” is a town bulletin board, and “YouTube” is just chairs arranged around a TV.

Mike Tucker

A Bitter Goodbye From a Phone Booth Left Behind

“You don’t want to use us anymore? Fine. But do you even see us anymore?”

Oleg Cricket

Watch a Daring Hoverboard Ride on a Skyscraper's Edge

Russia’s urban climber “Oleg Cricket” takes a hoverboard where no hoverboard has been before.

AP Photo/Noah Berger

A Solar-Powered Flight to Remember

A plane relying solely on the power of the sun to to circumnavigate the globe successfully crosses the Pacific Ocean.

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The Diverging Economies of L.A. and San Francisco

A conversation with Michael Storper, the author of a new book on why San Francisco has outperformed L.A. in recent decades.

AP Photo / David J. Phillip

It's Time for Cities to Get Serious About Flood Detection

Amid heavy flooding, Houston’s Texas Medical Center showcases what can be done with current technology.

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For Distracted Phone Users, Germany Puts Traffic Lights on the Ground

The sidewalk signals warn smartphone users when they’re about to walk into the path of a train.


The Value of a City's 'StreetScore'

An ongoing project from MIT uses an algorithm to predict the safety of streets, helping researchers and urban planners better understand cities.

Reuters/Marco Bello

What Fueled Venezuela's Electricity Crisis?

In its accelerated growth, the country failed to generate enough energy to meet sustained demand.


This Sweaty Billboard Targets Zika-Carrying Mosquitoes

New billboards in Brazil will use the alluring aroma of humans to attract and trap hundreds of hungry insects.


Where America's Poor Pay the Most for Electricity

Poor families face persistent obstacles to cutting their power bill.

Robert Galbraith/Reuters

$1 Million Won't Make You 'Financially Comfortable' in San Francisco

You need at least $6 million to be counted among the Bay Area’s wealthy, according to Charles Schwab.

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Will New York City's Free Wi-Fi Help Police Watch Users?

The city is building the biggest and fastest free network in the country—but it could put low-income users' privacy at risk.

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Why Transit Agencies Are Finally Embracing Uber

Increasingly, public transit is viewing mobility startups as partners, not competition.

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The Brilliance of City Raccoons: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.


Baltimore's 'Mr. Trash Wheel' Has Lost a Giant Googly Eye

The popular garbage-sifting water-wheel is in good spirits, despite the wind-related injury.