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'Lowriders' Pictures the Nuanced Identities of L.A.'s Chicano Youth

This family drama takes some expected, even stereotypical turns. But it gets a lot of things right.

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Poems That Show How Gentrification Is Personal

To close out National Poetry Month, we rounded up poems that translate gentrification and the housing crisis into personal terms.

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The One Potential Problem With Fantastic Playgrounds

Do stunning structures leave enough room for kids' imaginations?

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Here's What Manhattan Sounded Like in 1609

A new virtual reality project reconstructs the city’s historic soundscape.

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Bangkok's Street Vendors Are Not the Enemies of Public Space

Yet the Thai government has long been on a mission to “clean up” the streets and “return the pavements to the pedestrians.”

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How to Disappear

Is it possible to move through a smart city undetected?

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Yes, Elite Women's Clubs Still Exist

In Washington, D.C., and other U.S. cities, members-only meetinghouses continue to occupy prime real estate.

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Naked Germany, Straining at the Seams

Nudity, or Freikörperkultur, has long been a part of public life in Germany. Can it withstand an era of increasing globalization and tech?

Chris Youssef

Chasing London's Cloud of Feral Parakeets

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

Casey Roonan

Grooving to the Oldies at New Orleans's Temple of Uncool

A dance party on a riverboat casino highlights tensions about the city’s self-image, and its future.

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Exploring Richmond's Underground Music Scene

The city’s network of DIY venues has carved out a space for people to connect, fostering a resilient creative community.

Dylan Glynn

Stealing Moments at Seattle's Hidden Beaches

“It was my secret, a private spot, which, like so many others like it, was public land.”

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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.

Dan Park

Inside Abu Dhabi's Most Rollicking Karaoke Joint

The crowd shouting requests at the Tambayan bar is as diverse as the UAE itself.

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The Rituals of Coney Island's Opening Day

For locals, the urban amusement park season starts months before summer’s peak.

Leesh Adamerovich

On the Trail of New York's Greatest Trees

One writer is setting out to find all 60 of the specimens on the city’s list of notable arbors amid the concrete.

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Why Can't 'The Get Down' Find Its Groove?

The series has great material to work with. So why is the story about hip-hop’s origins falling flat?

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The Anatomy of a Great Dog Park

Let one of America’s foremost designers of hound spaces lay out what works (and doesn’t).