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Retracing the Steps of Trailblazing Women on Paris's Streets

New walking tours underline the overlooked contributions of female scientists, activists, and writers in the City of Light.

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When Cities Went Electric

You might know about Tesla vs. Edison. In cities, it was Edison vs. Westinghouse.

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Paris's Grand Plans to Make a Tourist Hotspot More Appealing to Locals

The Île de la Cité has no excuse to be boring.

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Paris Is Tripling Its Tax on Second Homes

City hall hopes an added cost will free up more housing for full-time residents.

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Picturing 100 Years of Life Aboard the Paris Métro

A new photography book captures the cultures that collide underground.

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4 Major Cities Agree to Ban Diesel Vehicles

They hope to reduce the roughly 3 million yearly deaths tied to outdoor air pollution.

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Why Are European Cities So Dense?

It’s not just because they’re old.

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A Stylish French Skateboard That's Easy to Carry

The Baise-en-villes skateboard can be locked or equipped with lights, just like a bicycle.

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Which European Cities Will Grab London's Post-Brexit Business?

There are many contenders, but no clear winner.


The Umbrella That Tells You When It's About to Rain

The “Oombrella” also shouts at you if you accidentally leave it behind.

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Can On-Demand Printing Bolster Bookstores?

A old shop in Paris is holding onto its place in the city by embracing new technology.

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Versailles Gets a Surreal Waterfall Hovering in the Sky

Perfect for people who want to wash off days of grime in 0.1 seconds.

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Paris Museums Are Papering a Subway Station With Cheeky Recreations of Famous Art

A new campaign aims to help infrequent museum goers feel more inclined to pay a visit.

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Cities Have Been Trying to Curb Dog Poop for Centuries

Excrement: messing up city streets since the 1800s.

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Paris Introduces Car-Free Sundays

Banning vehicles from parts of the city—including the Champs Elysées—is part of an ongoing effort to curb pollution.

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Paris Just Reached 1 Million Twitter Followers

Its nearest online rival, New York, doesn’t even come close.

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The Future of Paris Water Transit Might Be Driverless 'SeaBubbles'

The city has asked to be a test site for the “flying” pods, which could replace boats on the Seine.

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A High-Stakes Contest to 'Reinvent' Paris Fails to Impress

At least one local newspaper is questioning the city’s influence over a major architectural design competition.