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A morning roundup of the day’s news.

Obesity Thrives in the Suburbs

A U.K. study finds a clear connection between density and obesity—and even rural areas fare better than suburban ones.

Haze covering Big Ben

Wood-Burning Stoves Are Fouling London's Air

In nearly every corner of the city, particulate matter levels far exceed the limits set by the World Health Organization.

People are pictured dancing in a bar.

How to Be a Good 'Night Mayor'

New York is the first major American city to create an official body to oversee nightlife. Here’s what it can learn from the European cities that have tried it so far.

An inspector stands in front of an archway in a dark sewer tunnel

London's Sewers Are Clogged With Massive Globs of Fat. Here’s Why It’s Hard to Get Rid of Them

“Fatbergs,” these vast bundles of congealed grease, are becoming the stuff of urban legend—but preventing their formation can be complex.

Grenfell Was No Ordinary Accident

The catastrophic fire that killed at least 80 in London was the inevitable byproduct of an ideology that vilified the poor.

An illustration of birds flying over the Javits Center green roof

Green Roofs Are Saving Birds and Hatching Bird-Watchers

When landscape architects attract flocks to urban centers, city dwellers are keen to look up.

Britain Will Ban Gasoline Cars By 2040

It’s the latest to join a global movement, but London’s mayor says it’s not enough.

Why Some Brits Are Fuming Over London's Crossrail

A massive new commuter rail project is stoking centuries-old resentment in Britain’s north-south divide.

Traffic in London.

London Considers Making Drivers Pay Per Mile

Is this the end of the (free) road for London’s cars?

London's Summer of Discontent

As terror attacks and disasters meet political instability, London really is reeling this time.

The End of Diesel

The highly efficient fuel was supposed to be the future. Is it now doomed?

A Call for 'Safety Gardens' to Protect From Vehicular Terrorism

After the attack on London Bridge, a campaign envisions an alternative to concrete barriers that would protect pedestrians and memorialize victims at the same time.

Grenfell Tower Reveals the Flaws in Britain’s ‘Housing Regeneration’ Agenda

In public housing, profit and regeneration are too often placed above the safety and satisfaction of residents.

Did London's Housing Crisis Help Spark a Fatal Blaze?

Residents of Grenfell Tower could be indirect victims of the city’s approach to “affordable” housing.

Two men, dressed in military uniforms, chat with a woman in a flowy dress and pearls.

At These Costume Parties, Londoners Take Refuge in Blitz Nostalgia

The rose-tinted look at history is bumping against current terror attacks.

The Good Hotel, which is on a floating barge, is docked in London.

The Floating Hotel Fighting Chronic Joblessness

The Good Hotel, currently docked in London, enlists trainees in the hospitality field.

Renderings for London's Garden Bridge

The Death of London's Garden Bridge, and the End Of An Era

Good riddance to London’s age of fanciful, functionless infrastructure.

An illustration of green parakeets strolling a crowded sidewalk in front of London's skyline

Chasing London's Cloud of Feral Parakeets

Tracking the green birds gave me a new vantage point on the city.