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Tapas and beers are served at a restaurant in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain

What We Got Wrong About Spanish Lunch Breaks

In Spain, time is complicated.

A person walks past a storefront with a sign in the window reading "We Are All One"

How Can Small Businesses Create Safer Communities?

A local coalition is training Oakland’s brick-and-mortar employees in everything from de-escalation tactics to emergency medical care.

Cafe patrons sitting at outdoor tables beneath an awning

In Berlin, This Coffee Shop Is a Microcosm of the Changing City

The iconic Café Kranzler got a makeover. Now, the coffeehouse illustrates the schism in a city caught somewhere amid historic and hip.

The de Moyas with El Jude. Clockwise from left: Pacho (in green shirt), Mario, Mario Jr., and Eduardo (seated).

Your Raves Have Nothing on Colombia's 'Picós'

Once frowned on by authorities, dance parties centered on thumping sound systems are slowly going mainstream.

Planes stream above Paris's Place de L'Étoile in celebration of Bastille Day

Donald Trump's Grasp of French History, Urban Planning Is Limited

However, he's not completely wrong about Napoleon.

What's Inside a Neighborhood in a Box?

On the outskirts of New York City, a new housing model aimed at Millennials asks: What is city living?

Lab Report: NYC's Aggressive Plan to Enforce Diversity in the Arts

A morning roundup of the day’s news:

A Lawyer’s Playbook to Fight State Preemption

How can blue cities fight back against red states? Here are four lines of defense.  

Let's All Swim in the Once-Filthy Canals of Paris

Unlike many cities, the French capital has made good on its promise to re-open urban waterways to bathers. How did they do it?  

Say Goodbye to Spain's Glorious Three-Hour Lunch Break

Catalonia plans to shorten work hours—but don’t call it the end of the siesta.

Neon signs reading "blues," "blood," and "bruise" are crowded in a narrow gallery

Painting St. Louis Black and Blue

A new exhibition, curated by the artist Glenn Ligon, interrogates the various meanings of the colors, from solemnity to racial justice.

Lab Report: How States Are Besting Cities on Minimum Wage

A morning roundup of the day’s news.

Republicans Should Pivot to Infrastructure

Investing in roads, bridges, and tunnels offers a better bang for the buck than any tax cut out there, at a time when both economic growth and political victories are in short supply for Congress.

A man in silhouette in the doorway of a house in Detroit, Michigan, chatting with neighbors

'We Look Out for Each Other Here'

Who will love, and take care of, my neighborhood the way the older residents have?

Lab Report: The Demise of Street Shopping in NYC

A morning roundup of the day’s news

An illuminated statue of E. coli in a park in lower Manhattan

New York City Salutes a Fecal Microbe That Sickens Millions

What better place for a giant statue of E. coli?

How Income Inequality Makes Economic Downturns Worse

Urban counties in the United States were more likely to enter the Great Recession earlier when they had a larger gap between the rich and the poor.

Carrots, corn, and potatoes are piled at a food bank

Designing Dignity in Food Banks

A vegetarian hunger-relief organization in Toronto argues that patrons shouldn’t be forced to choose between nutrition and their principles.

The researchers' map shows how neighborhoods in five cities have physically changed between 2007 and 2014.

What Artificial Intelligence Reveals About Urban Change

A team of Harvard and MIT researchers takes a new approach to figure out why some neighborhoods improve while others decline.

The Great (South Asian) American Road Trip

“America also belongs to us and we belong to it, despite the myth of a singular ‘American.’”