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Are McMansions Making Everyone Unhappy?

Homes have gotten bigger, but Americans aren’t any more pleased with the extra space.

When Street Food Builds One Community, and Rankles Another

Berlin’s Thaipark has long represented the best of what informal food markets have to offer. So why does the city think it’s a problem?

Meet Mexico City’s Sign Painters

Seemingly replaced by vinyl-printed ads since the early 2000s, artists who can paint advertisements by hand are making a comeback.

A rendering of a co-living building in San Jose.

The Largest Co-Living Building in the World Is Coming to San Jose

The startup Starcity plans to build an 800-unit, 18-story “dorm for adults” to help affordably house Silicon Valley’s booming workforce.

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Cities Like Atlanta and Salt Lake Are Saying No to State Abortion Laws

As more states pass restrictive abortion laws, cities are fighting back. Among the resistance: local prosecutors who say they will not enforce the laws.

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Are Drug Deals Via Text the Key to the Murder Decline?

A new study finds that cell phones played a significant role in reducing homicides in big cities by limiting face-to-face contact.

How Hackers Hold a City Hostage

It’s not just Baltimore: Government agencies across the U.S. are attacked for ransom all the time.

What Will the 2019 World Cup Mean for the French Cities that Host It?

The World Cup is kicking off in France, yet cities are unlikely to see an economic bump. But if the French women win, their compatriots get a happiness boost.

Writers Are More Prolific When They Cluster

A new study finds that British and Irish writers clustered in 18th- and 19th-century London and were more productive as a result.

Too Many People Want to Travel

Massive crowds are causing environmental degradation, dangerous conditions, and the immiseration and pricing-out of locals.

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The Restaurant at the Center of a Gentrification War

Rising housing costs have triggered a wave of displacement in Mexico City’s Centro Histórico. But residents are finding creative ways to resist.

HOAs Are Popular Where Prejudice Is Strong and Government Is Weak

A new study finds that higher percentages of wealthy, Asian, and white residents live in HOAs; and people pay a premium of about 4 percent for homes in HOAs.

a photo of protesters carrying anti-Trump signs in London.

Trump's State Visit to London Got Weird Fast

The U.S. president began his U.K. trip by insulting London Mayor Sadiq Khan; soon the Trump baby blimp will fly again.

World War II Bombs Still Pose a Threat to German Cities

More than 70 years after the war ended, unexploded bombs are being unearthed with remarkable regularity—in part because of a nationwide building boom.

U.S. Cities Are Seeing a Big Drop in Tourism From China

Travel from China to the U.S. fell for the first time in over a decade. That could mean money lost for big cities as well as smaller places near national parks.

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Why Some Americans Won’t Move, Even for a Higher Salary

A new study identifies powerful psychological factors that connect people to places, and that mean more to them than money.

As Tourism Booms, Amsterdam Shifts to Damage Control

Fed up with raucous tourists, the Netherlands will stop promoting its capital as a destination. But new airports, cruises, and hotels will keep them coming.

There Are Two Types of Airport People

Some travelers love being late.

Here’s How Much Airbnb Is Lowering Hotel Prices and Occupancy

The number of Airbnb properties has exploded since its founding in 2008. A hospitality management expert looks at how this has hurt hotels.