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LOOK: Happiness Graffiti To Brighten Your Day

Amy Shearn | Posted 04.10.2013 | OWN

By Amy Shearn Sometimes you just need a little reminder that happiness is closer than you think. Maybe even right there on the sidewalk beneath you...

Magic in the Mundane: Why Do the Streets of NYC Sparkle?

Alex Budman | Posted 05.04.2013 | New York
Alex Budman

Despite my dad's advice to "always keep my head up" in New York, I couldn't help but notice that the very sidewalks seemed to sparkle beneath my feet, as if paved with the dust of dreams. Was this just in my imagination? Or could there really be glitter in the streets? I decided to find out.

WATCH: Join the "Occupy Your Block" Sidewalk Chalk Campaign

Ben Zolno | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics
Ben Zolno

The Outreach Group at Occupy Wall Street NYC has an idea inspired by this story of unity between strangers using the original social media: chalk. It...

Behind the Scenes With Rick Kogan and Chicago Live!

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 10.18.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

More than theatrical, Chicago Live! takes a magnifying glass to the details of our city and brings the wonder of a major newspaper, the Chicago Tribune, to life.

Permeable Concrete Tested To Reduce City Street Flooding

Susan Buchanan | Posted 09.11.2011 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Pervious concrete has been around for twenty years or more, but its use in New Orleans is fairly recent.

Pondering Artifacts of Displacement in the Sustainable City

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.04.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

If our cities must be dense to be competitive and sustainable, we must also look with care to the potential displacement of uses, institutions or traditions -- not to mention the artifacts we will leave behind.

Exploring the Immediacy of the In-Between Place

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 08.27.2011 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

The archaeology of today's urban regions need not be excavation-based. One trick allows the illusion of memory through photographic tools.

Corners as the Baseline for Urbanism

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 08.12.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

More so than public squares -- which require a conscious set-aside of assembled space -- corners naturally result from crossroads, the elemental feature of travel between places.

Creating the Urban Diary

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 08.07.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Cities are hubs of human interaction, and the urban experience can be enhanced by authentic participation in the dynamics of a place and transitions to nearby venues.

Exploring Simple Urban Amenities at the Public Edge

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 08.02.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

What if American cities legislated brighter color amid windows, balconies planted green and encouraged flags and hanging laundry? What if homeowner associations and rental contracts required vegetation and decoration?

Coloring the Urban Experience

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 07.11.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

How can we marshal the potential of urban color while retaining a legally appropriate balance between public regulation of the private realm?

Inspiring the Redefinition of Urban Public Space

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 07.06.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Here, from afar, is more evidence that street and square, beach and byway all have a greater and unrealized multipurpose capacity, ripe for recalibration in ever-evolving America.

Can't Stand Slow Walkers? You May Have 'Sidewalk Rage'

The Wall Street Journal | Shirley S. Wang | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

By Shirley S. Wang The Wall Street Journal You don't need a car to get road rage. For many people, few things are more infuriating than slow wa...

PHOTOS: FEMME FATALE: 13 Artists's Work, From Andy Warhol to Aerosmith, Inspired By Marilyn Monroe

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

From pop portraits to street graffiti, from amateur sketches to robot art, Marilyn Monroe's famous face and tragic life has inspired artists for gener...

Taking a Stand to Keep Sitting Legal

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randall Amster

San Francisco is poised to become the latest in a string of cities to adopt a law making it a crime to sit on the sidewalk. While it is the case that ...

The Things One Does...

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

This evening, at the end of the business day, I went to the Chicago Cigar Society's bi-weekly event, on this occasion to see and hear the ever enterta...

A Woman Walks Down The Street

Carolita Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Carolita Johnson

The Bumbershoot Manifesto

Melissa Kirsch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Melissa Kirsch

If you must buy an umbrella, never buy a fancy umbrella. They are so easily and commonly lost, stolen and left behind that it never, ever pays to have an umbrella that you can't bear to lose.