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Introducing 'City Makers: Global Stories'

Our new series about the people and ideas reshaping urban life all over the world, from the ground up.

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How About a Crosswalk Light that Dances?

The makers of this gyrating Do Not Cross signal say it reduces jaywalking by 81 percent.

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Honolulu Is Building America's First Fully Driverless Transit System

But there are doubts about whether it will inspire other U.S. cities to follow suit.

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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

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This App Transforms Subway Ads Into Fine Art

Make your commute a "curated art experience" through augmented reality.

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Attention Cities Looking to Engage Immigrants: Don't Dismiss the Smartphone

A new report highlights how civic smartphone technology could be a huge help to recently arrived immigrants.

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How San Francisco Is Designing Its Metro Train of the Future

BART cars are about to get their first real overhaul since the system launched in 1972.

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The New Alchemy: How Self-Healing Materials Could Change the World

Scientists are cooking up asphalt, concrete, and metals that heal themselves. That means smarter and stronger infrastructure—and just a dash of magic.

David Zinck

An Urban Lab Helps Cities Switching to LED to See the Light

Cities considering a move to LED street lamps can see them in action at the Danish Outdoor Lighting Lab.

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You Now Have a Legal Right to Write Bad Yelp Reviews in California

California businesses will now face penalties if they try to fine customers for negative comments.

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The Awful Reign of the Red Delicious

How the worst apple took over the United States, and continues to spread

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The Rise of Real Estate Tech

Another feather in New York’s cap: It's home to the nascent high-tech real estate industry.

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The Traffic Lights of Tomorrow Will Actively Manage Congestion

The humble traffic signal is gaining some new responsibilities.

Scientists Discover Dozens of Monuments Hidden Below Stonehenge

This field of ancient stones may be more complex than initially believed.

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A Major Accounting Firm Just Ran the Numbers on Climate Change

We're 20 years away from catastrophe, says PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Nichole Dobo

What Happens When Schools Can't Get Online?

About 70 percent of America's elementary schools still rely on slow internet connections. But in rural areas, the challenges—and costs—make getting broadband particularly complicated.

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Charting Which Days We Feel Bad

Wednesdays are for anxiety. Suicidal thoughts peak on Sundays. Can a new trove of data help us find better ways to well-being?

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It's Getting Harder to Dismiss the Thames as That 'Dirty Old River'

Several new efforts to clean up London's long-polluted waterway appear to be working. One day soon, you might even be able to take a slime-free swim.

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Rethinking the Urban Cemetery

The future of burial might be interactive—or it might be eco-compostable.