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A New Robot Questions How Creative AI and Machines Can Be | Time

Ai-Da has been billed by creators as the world's first robot artist Source: A New Robot Questions How Creative AI and Machines Can Be |...

Landlords rip out escalators and walls to attract tenants like Google and Netflix – Los Angeles Times

Tech giants turned media moguls are gobbling up vast chunks of office space as they race each other to set up shop for their...

How Tiny ‘Safety Towns’ Give Kids Street Smarts – CityLab

  These miniature towns and roads that dot America aren’t just cute—they’ve helped teach children pedestrian and bike safety since the 1930s. Source: How Tiny 'Safety...

Why Don’t Americans Use Their Parks At Night?

Most cities aren’t fond of letting people use parks after dark. But there are good lifestyle, environmental, and safety reasons to reconsider. Source: Why Don't...

Documenting the Culture of the L.A. River

For 70 years, most residents ignored it. But new efforts to revitalize the city’s main waterway threaten to alter its role in the lives...

New South Carolina Park Is Furthering Equitable Development in the Deep South – Next City

“We’re masters of our destiny here,” says Greenville Mayor Knox White. “We have a lot of options in front of us, but we control...

How the Creative Placemaking Tide Lifts All Community Boats

In the fight against gentrification, three placemaking programs activate community networks and help artists and residents lay down economic roots. Source: How the Creative Placemaking...

Here’s one way to keep plastic out of the ocean … turn it into a lifeguard tower

The lifeguard tower being built Saturday on Bruce’s Beach in Manhattan Beach is not just another oceanfront lookout. Source: Here's one way to keep plastic...

White House blocked intelligence agency’s written testimony calling climate change ‘possibly catastrophic’

The White House barred a State Department intelligence official from submitting written testimony to Congress after agency officials refused to excise the document's references...

How Much Do Businesses In Your City Care About People and Planet?

A way to measure just how much, exactly. Source: How Much Do Businesses In Your City Care About People and Planet?

Did the Largest Art Studio Tour in the US Drive Minneapolis’ Gentrification?

As the arts community in Northeast Minneapolis grew, so did the commodification of arts culture. Source: Did the Largest Art Studio Tour in the US...

This California Museum Had Big Ambitions—and Then Shuttered. Here’s What It Teaches Us About the Perils of Private Museums | artnet News

The Main was founded by a local developer to serve as a beacon of creativity. But last month, the space was handed over to...

Did the Largest Art Studio Tour in the US Drive Minneapolis’ Gentrification?

As the arts community in Northeast Minneapolis grew, so did the commodification of arts culture. Source: Did the Largest Art Studio Tour in the US...

California is much more energy-efficient than the rest of the country

It’s not about luck. It’s about smart policy. Source: California is much more energy-efficient than the rest of the country

Atlanta’s Urban Design Storefront Brings Planning to the People

City staff are there to answer questions and give the public a way to get their ideas for improving their neighborhoods in front of...

GreenSparks | Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA

Source: GreenSparks | Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA

The One Thing That’s on Mayors’ Priority Lists Nationwide

At the National League of Cities conference, parks and recreation was the priority for mayors. And for mayors in most of the U.S., housing...

How Chicago’s South Side Is Creating the ‘Un’ High Line

In the Englewood neighborhood, progress is slow but sure toward the area's first linear park. Source: How Chicago’s South Side Is Creating the ‘Un’ High...

Eli Broad looks back at the evolution of L.A.’s most important arts hub – Los Angeles Times

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Eli Broad has played a major role at a number of arts institutions — MOCA, Disney Hall, The Broad museum —...

Four blocks along Grand Avenue offer a sketch of shifting ideas in public art – Los Angeles Times

Four blocks along Grand Avenue offer a thumbnail sketch of shifting ideas in public art Source: Four blocks along Grand Avenue offer a sketch of...

New Eiffel Tower Park Plan: More Trees, Fewer Cars – CityLab

The most famous space in the city is set to get a pedestrian-friendly redesign that will create the city’s largest garden by 2024. Source: New...

The Story Behind Los Angeles’ Beautiful, Ephemeral Jacaranda Blooms: LAist

Jacaranda trees, like most things, are not native to Los Angeles. Source: The Story Behind Los Angeles' Beautiful, Ephemeral Jacaranda Blooms: LAist

Maya Angelou Mural Festival Brings Out Shepard Fairey and More

Shepard Fairey and other artists are making big changes at Dr. Maya Angelou Community High School in South Park Source: Maya Angelou Mural Festival Brings...

How Rapid-Response Exhibits Are Changing the Way Museums Engage Their Communities

Rapid-response exhibits are one way museums deal with their place in communities grappling with intense social-justice issues. Source: How Rapid-Response Exhibits Are Changing the Way...

Why TV Executives Should Make Artist Kahlil Joseph’s ‘BLKNWS’ Network, a Star of the Venice Biennale, Into a Reality

Kahlil Joseph's BLKNWS is a highlight of the Venice Biennale—and it could also become an actually successful media business. Source: Why TV Executives Should Make...

How Cities Can Protect Migrating Butterflies – CityLab

With the population of the distinctive species in decline, cities around the U.S. are trying to add monarch-friendly spaces. Source: How Cities Can Protect Migrating...

Why Jeff Bezos’s Space Habitats Already Feel Stale – CityLab

If the sci-fi space cities of Bezos’s Blue Origin look familiar, it’s because they’re derived from the work of his college professor, the late...

‘We Don’t Know a Planet Like This’: CO2 Levels Hit 415 PPM for First

"How is this not breaking news on all channels all over the world?" Source: 'We Don't Know a Planet Like This': CO2 Levels Hit 415...

Coastal organisms trapped in 99-million-year-old amber

Source: Coastal organisms trapped in 99-million-year-old amber

Tongva, Los Angeles’ first language, opens the door to a forgotten time and place

For decades Tongva, the language of the first people who lived in the Los Angeles region, was consigned to notebooks and papers hidden away...

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