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Imagining a ‘Canadian Anti-Tourist League’

In a short 1950s comedy, a small group of grumpy natives celebrate awful customer service in the hopes of keeping Americans away.

A birdhouse hangs from a tree branch near traffic signs in central Madrid.

Bugs and Birds: New Residents of a Greener Madrid

Since 2015, Madrid’s government has been trying to increase the city’s biodiversity. Hundreds of birdhouses and “insect hotels” around the city seem to be working.

A man sits at an outdoor table at a McDonald's restaurant, next to a sign urging water conservation.

How Cape Town Got to the Brink of Water Catastrophe

And how it stepped back, just in time.

A family in a convertible

The Rise and Fall of the Family-Vacation Road Trip

Richard Ratay, the author of Don’t Make Me Pull Over!: An Informal History of the Family Road Trip, discusses the factors that turned road trips from an individual adventurer’s pursuit into a family activity—and those that led to their decline.

Lynx robot with Amazon Alexa on display in Las Vegas

America’s Robot Geography

The robotics industry is powered by high-tech centers as well as manufacturing hubs—with a distinct “Robot Belt” in the Midwest.

A ‘Carnival of Resistance’ Awaits Trump in the U.K.

Except for a brief stay in London, the president will mostly avoid Britain’s cities. But protesters plan to gather across the country—and he’s far from their only grievance.

A pack of cyclists fills a country road during a race.

What Footage of a Bike Race Can Tell Us About Climate Change

Never mind who’s winning—keep an eye on the trees and shrubs.

A man bikes down a busy London street with a food-delivery box on the back of his bike.

The Rise of ‘Urban Tech’

From food-delivery startups to mapping and co-living companies, technology focused on urban systems is drawing billions of dollars in venture capital.

Paris Maps the Best Places to Avoid the Summer Heat

A cool-seeking app and a butt-cooling bench are the latest tools to help people cool down.

Passengers pack themselves into a crowded L Train on the New York City subway system, Thursday, May 5, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

We Need to Talk About Farting on the Subway

Reminder to everyone lost in their screens and headphones on public transportation: You are really here.

A Soviet Synthpop Tribute to the Private Vehicle

A love for cars among today’s middle-aged Muscovites surely traces back to this song from their teen years.

Facing Wildfire Threats, Cities Ditch Fireworks for Drones on July 4th

Can the high-tech alternative deliver the same kind of boom?

‘Up to Lexington, One, Two, Five’

Camilo José Vergara takes his camera to the intersection Lou Reed sang about in 1967.

‘They’re Not Left or Right. They’re Us.’

Remembering Rob Hiaasen, and the work of community journalism in a polarized time.

Roadworks in Mjølnerparken, a Copenhagen housing project on the Danish government's "ghetto list."

Why Denmark Is Doubling Down on Its ‘Ghetto List’

The Scandinavian country of bike lanes and wind turbines reveals its darker, intolerant streak.

People watch a fireworks show at night.

The Spike in Air Pollution From July 4 Fireworks, Visualized

There will be more than 16,000 fireworks displays across the U.S. this Fourth of July—enough to register a dramatic (if temporary) effect on air quality.

The Data Brigade of Tulsa, Oklahoma

The city’s Republican mayor was elected on a platform to govern by data. Now, he's deploying volunteer analysts to execute on his vision.

Congress Considers a Lifeline for Struggling Towns on Route 66

Naming the highway a National Historic Trail would bring federal funds for preservation, development, and promotion. Could it also mean economic revival for towns along the road?

Couples in formal 1950s dress dance as a band plays.

Why Won’t Millennials Join Country Clubs?

Golf-centric clubs are on the wane, even as private membership organizations for Millennials are re-emerging in urban areas.

Homes for sale are seen on Chicago's South Side, Tuesday, May 29, 2007.

I Hate-Watch ‘House Hunters’ to Understand Segregation

The HGTV show highlights more than just open kitchens and bickering couples