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Why Deadly Chemicals May Linger in Cities Under the EPA's New Administrator

Scott Pruitt remains unconvinced of the dangers of asbestos.

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Why Lead Paint Still Haunts Industrial Cities in the U.S.

Decades after the federal government banned consumer uses of lead paint, children are still being poisoned in their own homes.

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Where Foam Bans Stand in the Fight for Zero Waste

San Franciscans are clashing over whether to eliminate foam-based items like packing peanuts and egg cartons, or to recycle them.  

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7 Infrastructure Myths Perpetuated by Donald Trump

Trump claims to be one of the best “builders” in the U.S.—but there’s a lot he doesn’t seem to understand about urban planning.

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Amsterdam's High-Tech Birdhouses Offer Free Wi-Fi in Exchange for Clean Air

TreeWiFi rewards citizens for their efforts to combat pollution.

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Paris Shops Are Marking Their Windows for the Homeless

The 11th arrondissement’s many homeless residents now know where to get a free meal or use the restroom.


This 'Airbnb for the Elderly' Could Curb Loneliness in Cities

The Freebird Club hopes to form new networks among isolated older residents.

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Boston's Secret Sidewalk Poems Add Some Cheer to Rainy Days

It’s the latest city to make something pretty out of dreary weather.

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In a Lonely City, This Group Is Here to Listen

Urban Confessional lends a helping ear to strangers on the street.

Sophie Nahrmann and Sinan Goral

To Make Buildings More Sustainable, Put Water Pipes on the Outside

A design model from two Carnegie Mellon students couples environmental conservation with a striking aesthetic.

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How Flint Citizens Are Working Together to Save Their Community

A conversation with Laura Sullivan, a professor and community advocate picking up the pieces as Flint continues to crumble.

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Your Newest Reminder of the Wage Gap Is an Alarm Clock

The 79% Work Clock chimes to alert employees of the persistent pay gap in the U.S.

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A One-Stop Guide to Designing the Streets of the Future

A recently published report by the National Association of City Transportation Officials includes insights from dozens of officials and practitioners across North America.

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London Underground Riders Aren't Happy With This New Escalator Rule

For the next six months, passengers at Holborn station will be asked to stand on both sides.

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The Working Poor Can't Afford New York City Transit

Discounted MetroCards would provide affordable transit access to those who need it the most.

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America's Newest Monument Celebrates Women's Activism

President Obama has declared the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum a national monument on “Equal Pay Day.”

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A New Way to Make Your Desk Lunch a Little Less Sad

This new monthly service helps you beat the midday crowd.

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The Reality of New York City Commutes

Despite its extensive transit systems, plenty of New Yorkers still endure long travel times.