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The Past and Future of Urban Grocery Shopping

In his new book, Michael Ruhlman charts the overlap of food, commerce, and identity.

Filip Wolak

The Art of Noise

A new exhibition highlights the curious potential of sounds that are tempting to ignore.

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How to Get the City to Notice Your Damn Pothole

A citizen’s guide to wacky schemes, from impromptu hot tubs to “birthday parties.”

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Envisioning Nature-Rich Cities

Author Richard Louv invites us to imagine a future filled with urban parks, greenery, and gardens.

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Does It Matter What We Do?

A new podcast and documentary take stock of individual choices against the backdrop of immense, looming threats.

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Amazon Makes Its Pitch to Low-Income Shoppers

The retail giant is slashing membership fees for families on federal welfare.

Steef Fleur

The Floating Hotel Fighting Chronic Joblessness

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

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The Ultimate Road Trip for History-Buff Bibliophiles

These eight bookshops are the some of the best places to get your nerd on.

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The Case for the Disconnected Commute

The best thing about biking to work has nothing to do with exercise, the environment, or saving money. It’s all about the chance to unplug.

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More Cities Are Doubling Down on Free Sunscreen

A public health campaign is partnering with local officials to bring down skin cancer rates by installing dispensers around public pools and beaches.

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The Balancing Act of Learning to Bike as an Adult

I’m 26 and I can’t ride a bike, so I’m starting at step one.


How to Thief-Proof Your Bike

Bay Area bike pros explain how to save your ride from being picked apart like a free Thanksgiving turkey.

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The Definitive Rules of the Road for Urban Cyclists

We spoke with a riding instructor for advice on how to navigate the city streets with confidence.

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Your Favorite Delivery Options May All Come From a Shared Stove

In the age of on-demand food, is a restaurant more than a brand?

Open Agriculture Initiative, MIT Media Lab

Why High-Tech Urban Farms Won't Displace Community Gardens

To serve neighborhoods, they need to work together.

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Where's the Boundary Between Public Art and Advertising?

Experts in both fields weigh in on how the Fearless Girl statue illustrates—and collapses—the distinctions.

We're Moving to These Fictional Cities

CityLab is shopping for real estate in made-up places.

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Against Little Free Libraries

Does that birdhouse filled with paperbacks on your block represent an adorable neighborhood amenity or the “corporatization of literary philanthropy”?