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The 20 Characters You'll Meet on Every Neighborhood Email List

The longtime resident, the dog-poop vigilante and 18 other archetypes.

Miguel Tremblay

Motion-Activated Pothole Sensors ... In Your Phone

Boston hopes its driver-operated Street Bump app will grow sensitive enough to detect cracks in the pavement before they become gravel-spewing craters.

EIU

$10,000 Up for Grabs for Naming the 'World’s Best City'

The makers of the Economist Intelligence Unit's oft-criticized Liveable Cities index turn their efforts into a contest.

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University of Sydney

World's Oldest Known Underwater City Gets a 3-D Makeover

Divers used a robotic optics system to create a photorealistic reconstruction of Pavlopetri, an ancient trading post off the coast of Greece.

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Mapping America's Illnesses, in Near Real-Time

Twitter reports of coughing, upset stomachs and, er, "man flu" all pop up on SickWeather.com's disease map.

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How Huntsville Breeds Rocket Scientists

Rocket scientist Tim Pickens on his city's culture of scientific discovery.

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Can Hong Kong Solve its Garbage Crisis?

The cramped city-state is only years away from running out of landfill space.

Walk Raleigh

Guerrilla Wayfinding in Raleigh

Plus a look back at some of our favorite recent tactical urbanism installations.

Thomas B. Fordham Institute

American Schools Are Failing Miserably at Science Education

The majority of U.S. states have "mediocre to awful" standards in science, according to a brutal new scorecard.

You Already Own the Next Most Important Transportation Planning Tool

Your cell phone may provide the insight planners need to develop more efficient roads.

Reuters

Keeping an Eye On (and In) Recycling Bins

A Florida town tests a monitoring system that makes sure its residents are recycling properly.

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Reuters

When Preparing for Major Events, How Should Cities Balance Civil Rights and Security?

As Chicago readies to host the G8 and NATO summits, its police force gets ready for what could be a historic gathering of protesters.

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Why Every City Should Be Planting Rain Gardens

They save lots of money - and that's just their most obvious benefit.

How We Plowed Before Snow Plows Were Invented

A short history of snow removal in America's cities.

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Venture Capital Shifts Downtown

Boston is wooing venture capital away from its suburbs.

How Home Builders Are Selling Green

Energy-efficient homes are cheaper in the long run, and that's what buyers want 

Reuters

GPS, Smartphones, and the Dumbing Down of Personal Navigation

Does a controversial new app herald the death of street smarts?

'You Are Listening to New York'

A new website mixes live streams of police chatter with ambient music

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Google

Googling the City's Edge

Lessons learned from comparing city borders on Google Maps