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Florence Is Fed Up With Tourists Eating in Public

The Italian city is imposing a €500 fine for eating in some popular, crowded areas.

Children and adults sit on and around a deck with multi-colored chairs and giant LEGOs.

If You Build It, They Might Not Come: Animating City Spaces

Why do revamped areas remain barren after so much thought and money are put into redesigning them? A case study in Charlotte, North Carolina, offers clues.

What Was Lost in Brazil’s Devastating Museum Fire

Two hundred years of work—and millions of priceless specimens—have been destroyed in a preventable tragedy.

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Can Exchange Programs Help Bridge the Urban-Rural Divide?

In Kentucky, a rural-urban exchange seeks to foster understanding and a shared sense of identity among participants from around the state.

The City on the Front Lines of Europe’s Immigration Crisis

The city of Melilla is a fortified pocket of Spain in Morocco, where young migrants from across Africa gather to attempt the dangerous crossing into the E.U.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his wife Amy Rule attend the 2013 presidential inauguration

Chicago, After Rahm

Campaign insiders offer clues to the reasons for Emanuel’s startling announcement that he won’t seek reelection as mayor. (Others just say “good riddance.”)

A journalist demonstrates the proper use of a "uritrottoir" on the Ile Saint-Louis along the Seine.

Not Everyone Is a Fan of the Male-Only Urinals of Paris

Protesters have vandalized several of the city’s new range of eco-urinals for giving men priority over women.

Three men stand behind trays of food in a school cafeteria.

Can This Chef Solve the Problem of School Lunch?

This fall, a former chef at the world-famous restaurant Noma is piloting a new approach to school lunch in New York City.

An Inkmaker’s Guide to Urban Foraging

Ink’s ingredients are usually closely held secrets, but one artist shows how you can make it with items found all across the city, from soggy walnuts to rusty bedsprings.

A Canadian Hockey Brawl Over Subway Art

At a Toronto station that fed fans into the city’s hockey arena, a 1985 mural that depicted the Maple Leafs’ biggest rival enraged team owner Harold Ballard.

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John McCain’s Unlikely Legacy Project in Phoenix

In his final year, the senator worked to revitalize a long-abandoned riverfront project in central Arizona.

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Work Habits Are Changing: Cities Need to Keep Up

What does work sprawl mean for urban planning?

Clinton/Kaine campaign signs line a sidewalk in a residential neighborhood.

How Land-Use Restrictions Make Places Tilt Left

Communities with strict land-use restrictions don’t just attract more Democrats, a new study finds. They also shut out people who tend to vote Republican.

It’s Time to Feel the Sexy Pulse of a 1980s Transit Mall

The original vision for the Buffalo’s failed car-free-zone downtown was always a fantasy, as this TV spot shows.

‘Map Twins’ Bridge the Gap in a Segregated Chicago

Many addresses on the North Side are reflected in vastly different neighborhoods on the South Side. This project pairs residents with their counterparts across town to explore the divisions in their city.

Florida politician Andrew Gillum and his wife at a victory party with signs and balloons.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum Could Become Florida’s Next Governor

The 39-year-old progressive pulled off a surprise win in yesterday’s Democratic primary.

Our Best (and Worst) Roommate Stories

As college kids head back to school, it’s time to consider the joys and horrors of sharing your living space.

Photo of a building with The Platform in Hebrew and English written on it.

Tel Aviv Tries to Connect an Isolated Neighborhood

The Platform, a tech center and community hub, opened last year in former bus station offices with the goal of invigorating the low-income Neve Shaanan neighborhood.

Single People Aren’t to Blame for the Loneliness Epidemic

The data show that unmarried Americans, and those who live alone, often aren’t isolated at all.

Long Live the World’s Greatest Local TV News Theme

Philadelphia’s “Move Closer To Your World” has some new fans this week, thanks to a viral video.