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The U.S. Cities With the Most Olympic Medals

If L.A. were a country, it would rank ninth in the world.

Move Matter

Imagining an Affordable Live/Work Space for Foodies

The Institute for Public Architecture challenged architects to envision hybrid spaces that promote density, but not displacement.

Greg Gibson/AP

20 Years Since Welfare 'Reform'

America’s poorest are still dealing with the consequences of the legislation that Bill Clinton signed into law two decades ago today.

David Goldman/AP

Criticism Is the Real Winner of Rio's Olympic Games

Scrutiny over corruption and public health may be the best thing to come out of the city hosting the Summer Olympics.

Matt Dunham/AP

Who Really Won the Rio Games?

It depends on how you count.

Andreea Campeanu/Reuters

Serving Supper in a Restaurant for Refugees: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

Next America
Bob Child/AP

The Fine Line Between 'Safe Spaces' and Segregation

Schools want black students to feel welcome, but sometimes their attempts go awry.

Bernat Armangue/AP

The Geography of Team USA

Where America’s Olympians hail from and train.

Denis Tyrin/AP

Who Wants to Permanently Host the Olympic Games?

It might save money, but it would cost the world dearly in other ways.

David Gray/Reuters

Did Ryan Lochte Make Up a Story About Getting Mugged in Rio?

Authorities are investigating inconsistencies in the swimmer’s report about being mugged at gunpoint—a story that would confirm the worst impressions about life in Rio.


Netflix's 'The Get Down' Shows What a Community Without Police Looks Like

The new six-part series is a testament to both the social limitations and successes of hip hop.  

Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

Will Immigrants Today Assimilate Like Those of 100 Years Ago?

Two sociologists recently looked into whether the barriers facing people of color in the U.S. make it harder for most new arrivals to build wealth.

Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Who's Really Ahead in Rio?

Small countries rise to the top when we control for population, GDP, and size of Olympic delegation.

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A Finnish Library Now Also Offers Karaoke

It’s not the only example of Finland’s national obsession with playback singing.

Julie Jacobson/AP

A Brief History of People Trying to Be Spider-Man

A 19-year-old scaled NYC’s Trump Tower Wednesday. The outlaw grandfathers of “buildering” would not be impressed.

Matt Dunham/AP

Rio's Olympic Swimming Pools Are Turning Grody Colors

The source of the problem? Brazil was unprepared to host the Olympic Games.


Rio Security Is Cutting Corners to Curb Long Lines

Perhaps Brazilian security was never prepared for the Olympics, but the decision to ditch strict procedures puts the games at risk.

Reuters/Shannon Stapleton

It Could Take 2 Centuries For Racial Wealth Disparities to Dissipate

And that’s the most optimistic estimate.