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A metal sculpture in the shape of a corn cob near a road in Iowa City, Iowa.

Rural and Urban America Have More in Common Than You Think

A new Pew Research Center survey shows where the geographical divide is overstated.

Volunteer Wen Hsien holds up a sign offering free acupuncture on the last day of a free health care clinic set up by Remote Area Medical in Inglewood, California.

The ‘Barefoot Doctors’ Serving America's Cities

Since it took root in the U.S. during the Gold Rush, Chinese medicine has served marginalized communities, from immigrants to Black Panthers to sex workers.

Passengers line up for a bullet train at a platform in Tokyo Station.

The Amazing Psychology of Japanese Train Stations

The nation’s famed mastery of rail travel has been aided by some subtle behavioral tricks.

A disposal box at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada. The tear stains around it have dried.

Federal Law Leaves Marijuana in a No-Fly Zone

Federal regulations mean that passengers flying from one weed-legal destination to another with their personal stash may still be breaking the law, but in at least one U.S. airport, that weed can fly.

A detail from a 1942 British Mandate map of Haifa, now a city in Israel.

Mapping Palestine Before Israel

A new open-source project uses British historical maps to reveal what Palestine looked like before 1948.

What Is Loitering, Really?

America’s laws against lingering have roots in Medieval and Elizabethan England. Since 1342, the goal has always been to keep anyone “out of place” away.

Wyatt Cenac Is Here to Solve Your Policing Problems

In his new HBO series “Problem Areas,” comedian-actor Wyatt Cenac takes a crack at solving police racism.

The Malcolm X Murals of America

Thirty years ago, his likeness could be found in many poor, minority communities. Today, these images are disappearing as the buildings they were painted on have either collapsed or have been demolished.

The Top Cities Americans Move to—and From—For Work

Most of the top cities are the usual suspects, but there’s something odd happening in Silicon Valley.

Is Washington Big Enough for Two Tech Giants?

Apple and Amazon could be neighbors.

This Estonian Town Just Made the Cannabis Leaf its New Logo

Kanepi, Estonia’s new symbol is pretty dope.

New homes under construction in St. George, Utah, in 2013

America's Fastest-Growing Urban Area Has a Water Problem

As St. George, Utah grows, it will have to cut down on its high water consumption or pay handsomely for it—or both.

Traffic in Mexico City, where mega-commutes are a grim fact of life.

3 Cities, 3 Terrible Commutes

A new documentary follows the epic journeys faced by commuters in Istanbul, Mexico City, and Los Angeles.

The Supreme Court Says Congress Can't Make States Dance to Its Tune

A ruling that invoked the “anti-commandeering principle” to legalize sports betting in states holds implications for “sanctuary city” laws, too.

It's Not Cool to Argue About Whether D.C. Is Cool

Can increasingly unaffordable urban places have too many trendy restaurants and hipsters? Maybe that’s not the right question.

Child standing in front of early 20th century urban slum

The Photographer Who Watched Toronto Become a City

Arthur Goss found work as an office boy at the age of 11 in one of the few local government offices where a camera could be found. By his death, he had taken 35,000 photographs—vital documents of the metropolis’s formative years.

The Rapid, Devastating Decline of the Denver Post

“If we’re continuing on this trajectory, there’s no way in hell we’re going to survive.”

Celebration in Jerusalem, Bloodshed in Gaza

The new American embassy has opened during a chaotic and violent week in the Middle East.

Children receiving polio drops in Aprll during an anti-polio campaign in Karachi, Pakistan.

Like People, Diseases Travel Fast These Days

Since the 1918 flu pandemic that wiped out about five percent of the world’s population there have been strides toward eradicating most communicable diseases, yet the vulnerability of certain parts of the world affects everyone. This, the writers say, must be addressed.

Digital Jukeboxes Are Eroding the Dive-Bar Experience

The fight to control the playlist is a struggle between the group’s happiness and the individual’s.