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New York Picks a Fight With Panhandlers and Puppets

Mayor de Blasio announced a tentative plan to purge Times Square of its “aggressive” costumed characters.

Maps

Watch the Startling Evolution of American Obesity

Animating the nation’s expanding waistline over the past three decades.

Videos

GWAR and the City That Birthed It

In a TEDx talk, Michael Bishop, human slave of Blöthar, explains his band’s relationship with Richmond, Virginia.

A Chinese City Recovers After Massive Explosions

The death toll in Wednesday’s blasts in the port of Tianjin has risen to 50. More than 700 people were injured.

How Portable Air Sensors Are Changing Pollution Detection

The new generation of tools could revolutionize air quality measures for city residents and governments alike.

The Dutch 'Basic Income' Experiment Is Expanding

Utrecht announced that it would give no-strings-attached money to some of its residents. Now other Dutch cities are considering similar plans.

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How Digital Tipping Could Make Us More Generous Customers

Or just develop a guilt complex.

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The Racial Gaps in America's Recovery

The national unemployment rate continues to improve, but progress has been much slower for blacks and Hispanics.

Compton, Revisited

Dr. Dre pledges proceeds from his new album, Compton, to building a performing arts center in the city that catapulted him to stardom.

CityFixer

Turning Suburban Tysons Into a Walkable City Will Take Time

A year into the Silver Line era there have been some failings, but that doesn’t make the great planning experiment a failure.

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Offices Aren't Designed for Women in General

It’s not just A/C: Despite women having made huge gains in the labor force, office infrastructure hasn’t caught up.

Austin NIMBYs Chase Smoke in the Heart of Texas BBQ Country

But the City Council has voted not to regulate commercial barbecue emissions—for now.

Why Beijing Is a Terrible Choice for the 2022 Olympic Games

But it may just be the only realistic one.

Maps

Where $15 Is Only Worth $12

Local costs of living complicate the conversation around a huge increase to the federal minimum wage.

The Distinct Personality of Entrepreneurial Cities

Great universities, venture capital, and talented people are necessary, but insufficient.

The Poor Are Less Happy in Places With More Income Inequality

A new study finds that we resent prosperous peers more in places with big wealth gaps—an effect that’s especially strong among low-income groups.

Techies Are Destroying Raleigh's Southern Accent

First they gentrify, then they disrupt the way you talk.

Boston's Mayor Nixes the U.S. Olympic Bid Contract

By refusing to sign a contract to guarantee the costs of hosting the games, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh may have put an end to the U.S. bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics.