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Cambridge's Fleet of Smart Garbage Trucks Is Here to Sniff Out Problems

A collaboration between the city and MIT’s Senseable City Lab, these sensor-equipped vehicles can detect gas leaks, potholes, and other urban hurdles across their paths.

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Bridj Collapses After Just 3 Years

The bus company trying to bridge public transit with ride-hailing shuts down after failing to secure new investment.

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Reimagining Retail Carts for Street Vendors

Radlab’s bright and compact new Modular Urban Vending carts in Boston put a new face on street vending.

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To Fight Snow Storms, Bring Out the Big Data

Cities like Boston aren’t just rolling out the heavy-duty plow trucks. Analytic tools are helping them to make snow removal a smarter and more efficient process.

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For Most Cities, the Tech Boom Is a Bust

Contrary to technology’s image as an equalizer, digital service jobs in United States have clustered and concentrated in a select few metros.

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Boston's New Accidental Archive of Protest Posters

A group of professors stockpiled a trove of handmade signs from the Women's March.

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Teach-Ins in the Time of Trump

After the election, universities are positioning themselves as sources of information about immigration rights.

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Expect More Superstorms Like Sandy, Warn Scientists

Damaging storms in the U.S. Northeast are likely to become “more frequent and more powerful.”

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What Can Substitute Teachers Do for City Schools?

This start-up dispatches artists and activists to fill in for full-time instructors and teach kids new real-world skills.

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Do Charter Schools With Extreme Disciplinary Measures Cluster in Black Communities?

A CityLab analysis finds that some charter schools disproportionately suspend and expel students, especially in black neighborhoods.

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Chronicling the Turbulent History of Boston's Chinatown

The Chinatown Atlas stitches together a digital portrait of the evolving neighborhood.

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The Blinking Jewel in Boston's Skyline

One of the hub’s best known pieces of technology may become an official city landmark after all.

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The Northeast Officially Has America's Angriest Drivers

The region’s motorists are more prone to screaming, honking, and throwing out rude gestures, according to a new survey.

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'Data Cuisine' Serves a Full-Course Meal of Boston's Problems

With Jell-O shots representing fecal-coliform levels in the Boston Harbor, this edition of food visualizations is as strange as ever.

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Boston Bans 'Self-Combusting' Hoverboards From Transit

MBTA says the devices are included in rules prohibiting “articles of an inflammable or explosive nature.”

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Busty Usher, Pooh Mutants, and Other Towns in Anagrammed Massachusetts

Two cartographers took years making a rude map for “our inner 12-year-olds.”

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A Brief History of Duck Boat Tours

How amphibious war vehicles came to roam the streets of major cities worldwide.

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Pinpointing the Health Impacts of Urban Noise

Researcher Erica Walker wants to change the way cities think about their aural landscapes.