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Knight Cities Challenge

Free Knit Hats and 6 Other Winning Ideas From the Knight Cities Challenge

From keeping Detroit expats in touch to taking local food on the road, these projects all strive for connection.

Ri Liu

Visualizing the Global Gender Gap

A new visualization charts the great lengths countries must go to achieve gender equality.

Ellsworth Kelly/Blanton Museum of Art

Why Every City Needs an 'Art Chapel'

Ellsworth Kelly's upcoming non-denominational chapel in Austin points to the need for inclusive spaces in diverse but segregated cities.

Dongyi Liu / Flickr

The Universal Pleasures of 7 PM

At that time of day all over the world, most people are experiencing a "largely pleasant social interaction."

Maps
Jill Hubley

A Grimly Fascinating Map of Toxic Spills in Brooklyn

The borough is splattered with escaped pollutants like oil, paint, raw sewage, and mystery blood.

Seth Wenig/AP

Photo ID Cards Won't Stop Food Stamp Fraud

A new report finds that photo IDs cost more to implement than they save preventing fraud. And they make the program harder for beneficiaries to use.

Damien Roue / Flickr

Why It Doesn't Really Matter If UberX Is Cheaper Than a Cab

The difference in cost is negligible, but the convenience gap remains.

Flickr/jpstjohn

Why Americans Live Farther From Work Than They Did a Decade Ago

A new Brookings report finds that jobs have sprawled outside city centers and away from poor and minority suburbs.

An Olympic stadium proposed for Boston.

Will a U.S. City Ever Host Another Olympics?

The group planning Boston's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games now wants to put the idea to a vote. But residents still don't want the mega-event.

REUTERS/David McNew

Shopping Malls Aren't Actually Dying

Photos of creepy, abandoned malls are eerie, but misleading. Most of America's malls are doing just fine.

Tom Lawson

Builders in Europe's Crowded, Ancient Cities Are Constantly Digging Up Dead People

Excavations of mass graves have delayed a new train ticket hall in London and a supermarket development in Paris.

Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious / Flickr

Driving in America Is Approaching a 'New Normal'

Car use was up in 2014, but there's still plenty of evidence we've hit "peak car."

Next Economy
Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

The Economics of California's Drought

What happens when the country's largest state runs low on water?

Next Economy
Alana Semuels

Manual Labor, All Night Long: The Reality of Paying for College

A UPS program in Louisville gives students free tuition for working the third shift, but at what cost?

Maps
Single Atlas

Mapping Single Ladies and Gents Around the World

If your quest for "the one" spans oceans, here's an atlas that can guide you.

Jose Maria Cuellar / Flickr

What's Stopping Latinos From Using Public Libraries?

It's not because they don't like books.

Nathan Black/Flickr

At SXSW, Tech Entrepreneurs Raze a Piñata Shop, Put Up a Parking Lot

Austin has a history of systemic segregation problems, even when there's no festival in town.

Flickr/Leon Fishman

NYC's Long Commutes May Be Forcing Mothers Out of the Workforce

A downside to New York's sprawling, world class transit system.

David Ryder/Reuters

Starbucks Already Weighed In on the Race Conversation—With Jobs

#RaceTogether is ridiculous. The company should let its record of giving meaningful opportunities to minorities stand alone.