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Riding Up Front With Immigrants' Stories

A new project hopes to increase tolerance by having passengers strike up conversations with their taxi and ride-hailing drivers.

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The New Podcast Spotlighting NYC's Street Musicians

StreetMusicMap Radio gives buskers another kind of platform.

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The Lazy Voyeurism of Travel Essays

In the internet age, drop-in essays are shared far and wide—and they aren’t always well received back home.

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In London, a Grim Warning About Ocean Plastics

A public art piece sponsored by Greenpeace addresses the fact that by 2050 plastics will clog the guts of virtually all seabirds.

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When Women Walk the City

In a new book, the writer Lauren Elkin excavates the female flâneur in Paris, Tokyo, New York, Venice, and London.

Eric Grant

The Tech Helping Immigrants Hack the Ban

Across the country, designers and coders are coming together to develop tools for communities targeted by Trump’s orders.

Tagging Along With the L.A. Bicycle Crew for Women of Color

A documentary about the Ovarian Psycos is coming soon to PBS.

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Do You Know Who Needs Your Subway Seat?

New etiquette campaigns aim to lessen the stresses of commuting with chronic health conditions that may not be immediately visible to fellow riders.

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Suburban Sprawl Stole Your Kids' Sleep

Why does school start so early? Blame 1970s planning.

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We Rode an Ikea Bike

There’s some assembly required for the Swedish company’s new commuter bicycle, Sladda. Can it handle the rigors of the American city?

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What's Better Exercise: Biking or Walking?

CityLab investigated this workout showdown.

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Photographing the Souls of Megacities

This photographer embarked on a quest to commemorate the human sides of 22 bustling cities.

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Japan's School Lunch Program Puts Others to Shame

The country ensures lunch is delicious, healthy, and part of the curriculum.

Meet the Slam Poets of Istanbul

“We are here with the city and for the city.”

Tiffany Chen

Refugees Around the Table

A new campaign is hosting dinner parties around the world to build communities and strengthen networks.

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The Problem With 'Kong'

The latest big gorilla romp is full of spectacle and explosions, but it’s missing something very important.

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An Artist Swapped 'If You See Something, Say Something' Subway Posters With Pleas for Civic Engagement

“It’s a call to be vigilant everywhere.”

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Banksy's New Hotel Highlights a City Under Occupation

The street artist’s latest installation, The Walled Off Hotel, sits just 13 feet from Israel’s separation barrier in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

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What Can Our Bones Reveal About Urbanization?

The archeologist and author Brenna Hassett explains how cities shaped our skeletons.