Krutika Pathi

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Student Pen-Pals Anthologize Their Lives in a Divided Chicago

Collected in a new book, a series of dispatches between Chicago teens spotlights conversations that look beyond their differences.

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Creating a Better Community Through Text Messages

As cities make their data more transparent and accountable, this project in New York found one way to use technology to engage the residents in the planning process—by prompting locals to text in ideas.

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A Neighborhood Look at Immigrant Life

These photos, taken by middle- and high-school students, reveal glimpses of the contributions immigrants make in their community in the South Bronx.

The Good Postman/Tonislav Hristov

Can Refugees Bring This Bulgarian Town Back From the Brink?

A new documentary, The Good Postman, dives into local electoral politics and reflects back a much larger, more global dialogue around the refugee crisis.

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More Cities Are Doubling Down on Free Sunscreen

A public health campaign is partnering with local officials to bring down skin cancer rates by installing dispensers around public pools and beaches.

Amit Dave/Reuters

Will India Ever Need Another Coal Plant?

The country’s energy infrastructure is changing rapidly as solar prices plummet.

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Documenting the Charismatic Streets of Post-War New York

An exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York revisits Todd Webb’s fond lens on Manhattan.

Abdul Aziz

The Clash Over Confederate Monuments in New Orleans Is Intensifying

Photojournalist Abdul Aziz is on the ground as demonstrations escalate.

Yorgos Karahalis/Reuters

Chicago Is Making a Case for a Tax on Plastic Bags

New research shows that an added charge is nudging consumer habits.

Jason Lee/Reuters

Is China's Latest Major Construction Project Destined to Be a Ghost Town?

The Xiongan New Area has been positioned as the cure for Beijing’s rising sprawl and congestion. But will it really be a workable solution, or just a new host to existing problems?

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Can a Walled-Off Museum Actually Make Art More Accessible?

While the Philadelphia Museum of Art undergoes some serious construction, a design firm has come up with a beautifully clever solution to hide it: a 450-foot wall decorated with replicated works.

Paul Kingsbury/The Nature Conservancy

A Green Infrastructure Guidebook for City Planners

This new online resource showcases how communities across the country have successfully mitigated the effects of extreme weather by relying on green infrastructure.

Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch

Google Street View Is Helping Scientists Spot Methane Leaks

In a new collaboration, the tech giant is sniffing out emissions in a handful of American cities.

Lynn Sladky/AP

This Map Shows When Female Workers in Each State Will Achieve Equal Pay

Women workers in some U.S. states might not achieve wage equality until the 22nd century, new research suggests.

Courtesy of Martin Roemers

Photographing the Souls of Megacities

This photographer embarked on a quest to commemorate the human sides of 22 bustling cities.

Reuters/Gary Hershom

What Can Our Bones Reveal About Urbanization?

The archeologist and author Brenna Hassett explains how cities shaped our skeletons.

Khristel Stecher (Courtesy of Winter Stations Design Competition)

The Ontario Shoreline, Remade for Winter

A Toronto design competition invites an unlikely urban activity—going to the beach during the chilly off-season.

Mike Blake/Reuters

Teen Hunger Is Still Overlooked

A new working paper examines how poor U.S. families make tough decisions about stretching limited food.