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Municipal Art Society

A New Mapping Tool Lets NYC Residents Peek Into Developers' Plans

The Municipal Art Society has created a resource to alert residents to neighborhood building plans they'd otherwise never get to weigh in on.

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Faces of a Shrinking Company Town

A new photography book explores Rochester in the 12 months following Kodak's bankruptcy filing. 

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Two Major Public Library Systems Are About to Start Lending Wi-Fi Hotspots

The New York and Chicago public libraries are both planning to experiment with new ways to bridge the digital divide. 

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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

Washboard

Why We're Stuck With Coin-Op Laundromats

The only change that's coming to the growing laundromat industry is quarters. 

Chicago Cultural Center

Naturally, the Architecture of StoryCorps Tells Its Own Story

With a new physical exhibition space, StoryCorps is expanding the way it presents stories in Chicago.

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The Big Texas Plan to Copy Japan's High-Speed Rail Success

Texas Central Railway intends to build a Houston-Dallas line with private money.

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Cable Boxes Use an Absurd Amount of Energy, Even When They're Off

That innocuous little device atop your TV has a surprisingly large carbon footprint. 

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Google Maps

Google Street View Is Finally in Athens, and It Was Well Worth the Wait

You can see what it actually feels like to live in a 5000-year-old city.

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Chili's Is Betting You'll Spend More Money If Your Server Is a Screen

The restaurant chain has already installed 45,000 tablet ordering stations nationwide. 

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Ghana Is Rationing Electricity to Make Sure People Can Watch Today's World Cup Match Against the U.S.

It's purchasing 50 megawatts of electricity from its neighbor, Ivory Coast.

OpportunitySpace

A New Portal to Pair Eager Developers and Underused Properties

OpportunitySpace is a website where city governments can link up with private investors looking for development data.

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Uber Is Offering Helicopter Rides Over Mumbai and Bangalore for $85

You'll get brunch, too.

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From NASA, the World Cup's 12 Cities Lit Up at Night

The space agency gives a highly detailed look at the tournament's vast geography.

CoeLux

A Lighting System That Imitates Daylight, Sun and Sky Included

An exhibit at the Venice Architecture Biennale demonstrates visionary technology that recreates the clear blue sky.

CityCop

Uruguay's Hot New Crime App Is a Bit of a Hot Mess

Anyone can report an incident on CityCop, but it's not at all clear what that means. 

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You Might Soon Be Able to Watch Netflix on Amtrak

Assuming the rail service's business proposal goes through.

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Can Your Facebook Profile Help Determine Whether You Get a Mortgage?

It could if your lender is one of a growing number using innovative ways to assess customers' creditworthiness.

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The Real Reason Apple Wants You to Talk to Your House

Apple's foray into "the Internet of Things" is less about the things, and more about the Internet.