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To Bounce Back From Disaster, Balance Is Key

A new book draws recovery lessons from recent natural and man-made calamities.

Rolls of "I voted" stickers for the city of Denver

The Strange Phenomenon of Voter Self-Suppression

As a Trump-commissioned panel searches for phantom fraud, its requests for data have convinced some citizens to opt out of their right to vote preemptively.

5 Reasons to Be Wary of Elon Musk's Hyperloop

High-speed vactrains might be the ticket for a Martian colony. As a practical transit investment for Earth, the technology has a long way to go.

Cyclists ride next to the Mapocho River in Santiago, Chile.

A River That Locals Once Despised Is About to Get One of Latin America's Best Bike Paths

Just a few decades ago, Santiago’s Mapocho River was known for its terrible odor. Now, the shore will have its own state-of-the-art cycling track, thanks to years of work and pressure by regular citizens.

Tapas and beers are served at a restaurant in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain

What We Got Wrong About Spanish Lunch Breaks

In Spain, time is complicated.

Boston City Government Has A Racial Pay Disparity Problem

There is a significant gap in the earnings of white employees and people of color. A new racial equity strategy for the city plans to correct that.

A person walks past a storefront with a sign in the window reading "We Are All One"

How Can Small Businesses Create Safer Communities?

A local coalition is training Oakland’s brick-and-mortar employees in everything from de-escalation tactics to emergency medical care.

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In Berlin, This Coffee Shop Is a Microcosm of the Changing City

The iconic Café Kranzler got a makeover. Now, the coffeehouse illustrates the schism in a city caught somewhere amid historic and hip.

The Great Minimum Wage Debate

The minimum wage is way too low in most places, but a bit too high in a few

The de Moyas with El Jude. Clockwise from left: Pacho (in green shirt), Mario, Mario Jr., and Eduardo (seated).

Your Raves Have Nothing on Colombia's 'Picós'

Once frowned on by authorities, dance parties centered on thumping sound systems are slowly going mainstream.

U.S. Transportation Funding Is Not Created Equal

Some states shoulder the lion’s share of state and local road costs; others lean on Uncle Sam.

Planes stream above Paris's Place de L'Étoile in celebration of Bastille Day

Donald Trump's Grasp of French History, Urban Planning Is Limited

However, he's not completely wrong about Napoleon.

Too Many People Are Calling 911. Here's a Better Way.

Memphis is working on an alternative for the expensive “you-call, we-haul” approach.

What's Inside a Neighborhood in a Box?

On the outskirts of New York City, a new housing model aimed at Millennials asks: What is city living?

Lab Report: NYC's Aggressive Plan to Enforce Diversity in the Arts

A morning roundup of the day’s news:

Can Bike Sharing Survive in India?

A new bike-share program launches in Bhopal, but Indian cyclists still face huge obstacles.  

A truck engine is tested for pollution near the Mexican-U.S. border in Otay Mesa, California

California's Blueprint for Bipartisan Climate Change Action

By extending the cap-and-trade system, the state reasserted its commitment to pushing back against the Trump administration’s environmental policies.

Uber drivers sit in their cars waiting for passengers.

What Uber Drivers Say About Uber

Researchers conducted in-depth interviews and discovered a lot about the pitfalls of working in the rideshare business.

A Lawyer’s Playbook to Fight State Preemption

How can blue cities fight back against red states? Here are four lines of defense.