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The City as Urban Whirlpool

A new Google map hack lets you create wild, trippy images of your favorite city streets 

Six Urbanist Themes for 2012

From Twitter to "third places," here are some innovative urban ideas that aren't going away

CO ADAPTIVE ARCHITECTURE

Designer Shelters for Cities' Stray Cats

New York creates a new kind of shelter to help the city track its feral cat population

SERIES

City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

Green Mountain Data Center

A Natural Cooling System for an Underground Norwegian Data Farm

The Green Mountain Data Center will reduce its operating costs by cooling itself with water from an adjacent fjord

Oh Choong Young

The Best City Time Lapse Videos of 2011

From New York to Los Angeles to Barcelona to Seoul and beyond

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The Best Metro Data Releases of 2011

There's never been a better time to be an urban researcher

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What Cornell's New Tech Campus Means for New York's Roosevelt Island

First things first: Students are going to need more transit options between the proposed campus and Manhattan

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The Problem With Palm Trees

They may look pretty, but fronds hurt cities' sustainability efforts

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Security Cameras As Planning Tools

A network of cameras will augment planning – and law enforcement – in New Delhi

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Are Small Rust Belt Cities the Future of Green?

In her new book, Catherine Tumber argues that cities like Flint and Syracuse will lead the way to sustainability

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Why City Governments Love Crime Cameras

Officials in Wilkes-Barre say their $3 million surveillance system was worth every penny. Then again, they didn't have to pay for it

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Are Crime Cameras Really Worth the Money?

Cities spend millions on high-tech systems. But after decades of research, we still don't know whether they work

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How Twitter Proves That Place Matters

Social networks haven't replaced proximity - they just reinforce the importance of being near your friends and co-workers

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BART's Gamble on Safety Over Cell Phones

New policy outlines when the San Francisco transit agency can interrupt wireless service in underground stations

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A Floating Silicon Valley for Techies Without Green Cards

A new business wants to provide immigrants a home off the cost of California

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Reuters

Why Your Water Bill Must Go Up

America's water infrastructure crisis is going to get a lot worse—and a lot more expensive—before it gets better

Reuters

An Eye on Cyber­attacks on Critical Infrastructure

A recent hacking scare at an Illinois water district should have cities taking notice

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Infinite Manhattan

Imagining New York's street grid applied to the entire world