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A traditional band of performers poses for a photo during the celebration of Santiago Apostol in Iztapalapa.

Keeping Village Traditions Alive In a Megacity

Religious events help maintain organizational frameworks and a sense of identity in the formerly rural and mostly indigenous areas that now form Iztapalapa—Mexico City’s largest district. There’s honor to be had for the few who get to organize such events.

Where To Find the Unsung Engines of Innovation and Economic Growth

Research and Development labs are even more geographically clustered than venture capital or startups

The Sounds of Protest Are Getting Louder

Why an artist from the U.K. is mapping the din of dissent.

An illustration of a monkey holding a banana amid soda bottles.

Urban Monkeys Are Too Chunky

Put down that banana! Eating human food is making the world’s city-dwelling simians sick.

A group of deer pass through a yard in New Hope, Pennsylvania.

The Deer in Your Yard Are Here to Stay

The deer population of the eastern U.S. has exploded and cities are trying to keep it in check. But the options available to them are limited, and fraught.

When City Life Is Wild

This week, we’re fishing up stories about urban animals of all species.

Lab Report: Chicago vs. DOJ

A morning roundup of the day’s news.

A man prays in front of the stained glass windows of a mosque

How Houses of Worship Help Immigrants Adjust to America

These churches and mosques assist their congregations with everything from civic rights to the college application processes.

A photograph of two beers

NYC Readers! Come to Our Next HappyHourLab

We’ll be searching for the city’s lost soul with “Vanishing New York” blogger and author Jeremiah Moss.

A National Guardsman stands at a Detroit intersection during the summer riots of 1967.

Why Detroit Exploded in the Summer of 1967

Five chaotic days left 43 people dead, hundreds injured, and thousands arrested. Here’s what led to the breaking point.

Human skulls and bones are stacked in a pile in Paris's catacombs.

Catacombs Are Making a Comeback

In the face of shrinking space for the dead, Sydney and Jerusalem are building underground cemeteries.

GE's new forthcoming corporate headquarters in Boston

The Geography of Innovation

The suburbs generate more patents, but cities generate more unconventional innovations, a recent study finds.

Patrons at Missoula’s Dram Shop, one of the city's many outlets for locally brewed libations.

Missoula Taps the Power of Beer

How much can craft brewing power economic development? This Montana city is trying to find out.

Lab Report: Amazon's Answer to the Retail Crisis

A morning roundup of the day’s news.

A solar eclipse in Indonesia last March.

The Darker Side of This Summer's Total Solar Eclipse

Visitors to some small cities are expected to equal half of entire state populations.

A photograph of Alaudin Ullah's father, Habib Ullah, with his family in Spanish Harlem

Preserving the Legacy of Bengali Harlem

Author and filmmaker Vivek Bald is is highlighting the lost history of South Asian immigrants in America.

Nadar and his photographs of the underground infrastructure of 19th-century Paris.

Photographing Haussmann's Paris

Gaspard-Félix Tournachon, known as “Nadar,” dared to take his camera out of the studio in the mid-1800s and into the skies and sewers of the city.

Paris Doesn't Need the Olympics

But, if it plays its cards right, the French capital can use the 2024 Summer Games to speed redevelopment.

The Life and Times of Whittaker, the Turkey That Stood in Traffic

How a bird in the left turn lane captivated, united, and divided a town.

The winning emoji pack features an axolotl wrapped in a snake and holding a cactus, a reference to Mexico City's founding myth.

Does This Little Critter Say 'Mexico City' to You?

Meet the emojified salamander who’s the new face of Mexico’s capital, thanks to a civic design contest.