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War Over Hollywood Sign Pits Wealthy Residents Against Urinating Tourists: "One of These Days Someone Will Get Shot"

Residents of L.A.'s Beachwood Canyon are fighting off hordes of GPS-enabled tourists — thousands a day — who block their driveways, sometimes piss in …

The Huge, Unseen Operation Behind the Accuracy of Google Maps

The maps we use to navigate have come a long way in a short time. Since the '90s we've gone from glove boxes stuffed with paper maps to floorboards …

What are those green circles on Mexico City sidewalks?

<i>It’s the first south-of-the-border edition of What’s That Thing, Slate’s column examining mysterious or overlooked objects in the built environment.</i> …

Suburban poverty: It’s becoming more concentrated.

Americans still tend to think about poverty as an inner-city problem. But some time around the dot-com bust and 2001 recession, the number of poor …

The Suburbs Will Die: One Man's Fight to Fix the American Dream

If you looked up “Minnesota nice” in the dictionary you might see a picture of Charles Marohn. Affable and mild-mannered, Marohn, who goes by Chuck, …

15 Ways to Make Your Neighborhood Better

We all want to be better neighbors — or at least have better neighbors. But what can we do? How do you build a better community for yourself and your …

Urban Design

How Cities Use Design to Drive Homeless People Away

Saying "you're not welcome here"—with spikes.<p>Earlier this month, someone tweeted a picture of a series of metal spikes built into the ground outside a London apartment building.<p>The spikes were intended to discourage homeless people from sleeping in the area, and their presence sparked a public …

Stop forcing people to wear bike helmets

Today is Bike to Work Day — an event that's all about trying to get more people to ride bicycles more regularly.<p>If you don't feel like wearing a helmet while biking, that's fine<p>And here's some advice that might help with that goal: Stop forcing people to wear bike helmets.<p>For most bikers, this …

U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fell 10 Percent Since 2005; Halfway Towards 2020 Goal

WASHINGTON, April 15 (Reuters) - U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell nearly 10 percent from 2005 to 2012, more than halfway toward the United States' 2020 target pledged at United Nations climate talks, according to the latest national emissions inventory.<p>The report showed that emissions dropped 3.4 …

Hookers turning Airbnb apartments into brothels

Hookers are using the controversial Airbnb home-sharing Web site to turn prime Manhattan apartments into temporary brothels, The Post has learned.<p>One …

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CO2 levels reach a record high in record time

<b>(f11photo/Shutterstock)</b><p>Atmospheric carbon levels have already crossed the 400ppm milestone this year<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>March 18, 2014 4:38pm (UTC)<p>It was a big deal, back in mid-May of last year, when atmospheric levels of CO2 temporarily surpassed 400 parts per million. It marked the first time in 55 …

Supreme Court ruling delivers a major blow to bike paths

<b>(Florin Stana/Shutterstock)</b><p>The 8-1 decision threatens thousands of miles of public trails<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>March 10, 2014 7:55pm (UTC)<p><b>Update 3/11/2014 8:30 AM ET: The original quote excerpted from NPR read that the bike trail was "10 acres long"; NPR has since amended the piece to correct that to "a</b> …

Murder Machines: Why Cars Will Kill 30,000 Americans This Year

There’s an open secret in America: If you want to kill someone, do it with a car. As long as you’re sober, chances are you’ll never be charged with …

This Is What Things Look Like In A Town With No Roads

How much do you want to live in -- or barring that, visit -- a place where there are no cars? What a dream come true.<p>The town of Giethoorn, located about 75 miles northeast of Amsterdam, has roughly 180 bridges that crisscross over the canals that run throughout the town. The only modes of …

This map shows how suburban sprawl is destroying the environment

<b>(Taras Vyshnya/Shutterstock)</b><p>The climate benefits of urban living are canceled out by the suburbs’ massive carbon footprint<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>January 8, 2014 4:50pm (UTC)<p>City dwellers have one more reason to crow about the virtues of the tightly packed urban life. According to a new study from University …

How Global Warming Works

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Bright idea: Smart street lamps light up only when needed

Get to know the technology that aims to dim cities’ light pollution and their energy inefficiency<p>Tuan C. Nguyen<p>January 5, 2014 10:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Smithsonian.com.<p>For weary air travelers, the beauty of arriving in the late evening is getting to catch a glimpse of city …

Climate change vastly worse than previously thought

A new study published in <i>Nature</i> suggests that climate change is even worse than scientists had previously anticipated, upgrading the forecast from …

Pro-Teq Starpath uses solar power to light Christ's Pieces park in Cambridge, England.

U.K.-based resurfacing company Pro-Teq is currently testing Starpath, an ultraviolet-powered glow-in-the-dark pedestrian footpath in a Victorian park …

Top 10 Worthwhile Uses for Tablets

Tablets seem to be all the rage right now, but some of us are still trying to figure out why we'd even want one. Well wonder no more: here are ten …

Chess holds the secret to saving our cities

<b>(Carsten Reisinger, Vadim Georgiev via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>What this game of strategy can show us about building the metropolis of the future<p>Henry Grabar<p>December 7, 2013 11:00pm (UTC)<p>Pedro Ortiz is on a metropolitan planning mission. Like many urban theorists, he uses metaphors to illustrate his …

U.S. rooftop solar power shatters third quarter records

<b>(Steve Allen/Shutterstock)</b><p>New solar installations are on track to surpass Germany in 2013<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>December 10, 2013 3:18pm (UTC)<p>More American homes than ever before -- nearly 31,000 -- had solar panels installed on their roofs in the third quarter of 2013, the Solar Energy Industries …

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My year without a car

<b>(Sabphoto via Shutterstock)</b><p>I’m an unlikely biker, but when I finally broke my driving habit, I discovered the joys (and pain) of cycling<p>Wayne Scott<p>December 9, 2013 1:00am (UTC)<p>Last year, after three months in a book group focused on sustainability, I made a New Year’s resolution: to retire my car …