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The Strange, Unique Intimacy of the Roommate Relationship

More and more American adults are sharing their homes with people other than family members or spouses—an arrangement that can be anywhere from harmonious to downright hostile.

Reclaiming Riga’s Soviet Architecture

One group is working with landlords and city officials to solidify the future of the Latvian capital’s suburban concrete relics.

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How Kids Learn to Navigate the City (and the World), in Five Designs

Critic Alexandra Lange talks about the objects and places that represent a-ha moments in child-centered design.

A toddler and a man play a giant Connect Four game in a park.

What’s the Deal With Giant Games in Parks and Plazas?

Playable cities are here, and they want you to stay awhile.

A man cools off in fountain on the Rose Kennedy Greenway during a heat wave in Boston.

Why Did So Many Die in Quebec’s Heat Wave?

When temperatures in Montréal spiked, living alone proved to be deadly.

How To Ruin a Historic Town, According to 1970s British News

A clip charting the redevelopment of the city of Aylesbury shows its age.

Ghost Bikes, Infrastructure of Grief

Part memorial, part protest symbol, these all-white bicycles mark the places where cyclists have been killed by cars.

How Millennials Can Save the Postal Service

A new report suggests snail mail makes young adults feel special. USPS sees that as a chance to stage a turnaround.

Who Owns a Home in America, in 12 Charts

Many homeownership trends have remained largely the same since 1960—with a few noteworthy shifts.

Graffiti on a wall reads "Tourist Go Home."

The Global Tourism Backlash

A surge in tourism has led to a backlash in cities where residents feel overrun. How can these cities use tourism to their benefit?

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The Case for Rooms

It’s time to end the tyranny of open-concept interior design.

Animals Feel the Strain of Europe’s Heatwave

They’re getting shoes, taking shelter in tunnels, and finding other ways to keep cool in the dangerous heat.

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The Serious Mission Behind a $50 Million Comedy Museum

The struggling Western New York city of Jamestown has big dreams for its new comedy museum. Can it live up to the hype?

Drake’s Latest Video Is a Throwback to a New Orleans That No Longer Exists

“In My Feelings” surfaces the places where you can find a good po’ boy. That’s great for the tourist, but doesn’t mean so much for the people and cultures that define the soul of the city.

Which Celebrity Should Voice Your City's Transit Announcements?

Seth Rogen is now the voice of public transit in Vancouver and Toronto. We’re nominating these stars do the same thing in other cities.

An augmented reality view of a city being used as an urban planning tool from MIT Media Lab.

AR Is Transforming Tech. What Can It Do for Cities?

If it isn’t already there, augmented reality is coming to a device near you. Cities need to work to ensure that AR makes the leap from “cool experience,” to a technology that improves residents’ lives.

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Where Did All Those Goats Come From?

The mystery behind a boisterous scene in Boise

Jonathan Van Ness and Mayor Ted Terry in a salon

What Happens When a Georgia Mayor Gets a Queer Eye Makeover

Hint: The Millennial mayor grew back his “resistance beard.”

A South Korean woman with a baby in her arms in front of Seoul City Hall in 2005.

South Korea Is Trying to Boost its Birth Rate. It's Not Working.

The country needs to convince more couples to have children. But its biggest city is no paradise for parents.

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The Winners and Losers of America’s Startup Economy

Established tech hubs continue to lead, but startup hubs are emerging in new, smaller places. The catch: Startup financing overall is on the wane.

The Crossroads for a More Peaceful Bronx

Decades after photographing its abandoned buildings and makeshift playgrounds, Camilo José Vergara sees an unmatched contrast between past and present in the economically devastated borough.