Chicago

Derek Eder & Juan-Pablo Velez

SimCity Reference of the Day: Chicago Zoning Map

Complete with in-game music.

Flickr/SmartDestinations

Dirty Email of the Day: Chicago Public Schools CEO Sends Parents to a Sexy Website

An "important message" from CEO Byrd-Bennett.

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The Geography of Drunk Driving

The percentage of accidents involving alcohol varies widely by city.

Now Boarding the Chicago L: Creepy, Disembodied Animal Heads

Artists modified this train to include gruesome animal specimens, grass growing on the walls and a campsite lit by an electric sunset.

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It's Official: Downtowns Are Booming

Neighborhoods within 2 miles of city hall saw huge jumps in population between 2000 and 2010, according to new numbers from the Census.

Reuters

Radiating Death: How Walmart Displaces Nearby Small Businesses

The closer they are, the more they fall.

Steed Taylor

The World's Biggest Gay Rights 'Tattoo'

Artist Steed Taylor unravels the story behind Chicago's "Galloon," a tribute to out gays and lesbians in the military.

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We Want You: City Data Edition

A new portal will collect open streams from different cities, making for easier comparisons.

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The Chicago Transit Authority Map of Economic Hardship

A station-by-station map of poverty, crowded housing and employment.

NASA

A Satellite View of City Growth, in GIFs

Watch these 11 cities boom over recent decades. From space. In animated GIFs.

Adriaan Brouwer

Officials Gone Wild: Cook County Morgue CEO Flees Stacks of Corpses

Also, Los Angeles-area officials believe that "money makes the monkey dance," and a Georgia mayor struggles to get somebody to pay for his lawsuit.

New York Public Library

Blast From the Transit Solution Past: New York's Moving Sidewalks

A six-mile loop of moving platforms could have been the congestion solution 1903 New York needed.

Ubisoft

The Dark Side of the Smart City, in Video Game Form

"Watch Dogs" puts the controls of a networked city in players' hands.

Chicago Loop Alliance

Chicago's Downtown Goes All 1980s With Immense, Fluorescent Art

Installation artist Jessica Stockholder wants pedestrians to feel like they're "walking through an animated film."

Nate Berg

The City as Lifesize Monopoly Board

An artist in Chicago takes the game to the streets.

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Census Accuracy Report Shakes Up Municipal Challenges

Cities might not want to question the nation's people counters.

J. Taylor Wallace

The Tea Party Is Not Happy With Chicago's Sarah Palin Sculpture

The artist behind the Palin-shaped public art has been informed: "You will be the next one to burn."

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Fresh Data on Public Housing Relocation and Crime

The latest study finds some links between crime and Section 8 housing in Chicago and Atlanta.

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Shoes Over Telephone Wires: This Probably Doesn't Explain It

Chicago residents are scratching their heads over this age-old mystery.