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Retail sales up 0.6 percent in June and 2.7 percent year-on-year

Retail sales rose 0.6 percent last month after gaining 0.2 percent in May. It was the third consecutive month of increases, and it lifted sales 2.7 percent from a year ago. READ MORE

CPI rose 0.2 percent in June and 1.0 percent over previous 12 months

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.2 percent in June. Over the last 12 months, the all items index rose 1.0 percent while the index minus food and energy rose 2.3 percent. READ MORE www.metrointel.c...

This 3,000-Mile-Long Bike Lane Will Let You Ride From Maine To Florida

If you ride 50 miles a day, you could do the entire trail in less than two months. But they have to finish it first. One day, not too far in the future, cyclists will be able to ride all the way from Maine to Florida, thanks to a 3,000-mile bike path that is already almost one-third completed. Read Full Story

The Mad Scientists Of Vinyl Record Design

Gotta Groove Records produces technicolor LPs that look as beautiful as they sound. Making a vinyl record out of coffee grounds was an ambitious—and weird—request, but Gotta Groove Records entertained the idea. A client of the Cleveland-based...Show More Summary

The Best Portrayal Of Dance Is A Static Print Magazine

Pentagram partner Abbott Miller has helped resurrect a cult dance and visual arts magazine for a modern audience. From 1989 to 1996, the avant-garde dance magazine Dance Ink developed a cult following among fans of experimental dance, photography, and design. Show More Summary

How Scientists Invented A New Blue (And Other Colors Created In A Lab)

The blackest black, the bluest blue, the yellowest yellow, and the rainbowest... rainbow? Designers didn't invent them. Chemists did. Unless the physical laws of the universe radically change, you'll never see a new color in your lifetime, no matter how hard Pantone tries to convince you otherwise. Show More Summary

4 Ways Your Office Is Crushing Your Creativity

Two-thirds of employees believe that they work in spaces that stifle creativity and innovation, a Gensler survey finds. Is your office stifling your creativity? A recent survey, conducted by the global architecture firm Gensler, suggests as much. The good news: You can do something about it. Read Full Story

Builder confidence dips one point to 59 in July

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes in July fell one point to 59 from a June reading of 60 The components measuring current sales expectations and buyer traffic each fell one point to 63 and 45, respectively. The index measuring sales expectations in the next six months posted a three-point decline to 66. READ MORE

17 Le Corbusier Buildings Just Received UNESCO Protection

The selection spans seven countries and 50 years of the modernist's renowned career. Yesterday, the World Heritage Committee inscribed four new sites on UNESCO's World Heritage List, including a "transnational serial property" that includes 17 of Le Corbusier's architectural works. Show More Summary

The Intricate Paper Sculptures Of An X-Acto Knife Master

A French artist sculpts with nothing but paper—and a whole lot of patience. Maud Vantours is a Paris-based sculptor. But unlike most, her material of choice is paper, and she trades out the hammer and chisel for a ruler and X-Acto knife. Show More Summary

London Will Ban Cars From The City's Iconic Oxford Street

It's part of new mayor Sadiq Khan's plan to clean up the city's air—starting with the busiest shopping street in the city. Oxford Street, London's (and Europe's) busiest shopping street, will be pedestrianized by 2020, says the capital's new mayor Sadiq Khan. Show More Summary

The Secret Life Of A Classic 1970s Moog Synth

A fantastical cutaway print shows a Minimoog crawling with mini-musicians. Beloved by musicians and designers alike, Moog synthesizers have inspired three generations of music, including Kraftwerk, Daft Punk, David Bowie, the Beastie Boys, and deadMau5. Show More Summary

The World's Most Famous Piano Factory Is In Queens, New York

Revered by musicians for over a century, Steinway's pianos are still made by hand in a humble Queens, New York, factory. Grand pianos are works of art and feats of engineering composed of over 12,000 individual parts. It takes hundreds...Show More Summary

A Geologist's Guide To Finding Ancient History Embedded In Buildings

The buildings all around us contain meteorites, fossils, and billion-year-old stones. Why don't we ever notice them? Our cities are mostly made up of stone, but many of us don't think of the billions of years of geological history each stone represents. Show More Summary

The Art Of Turning An Eccentric Hobby Into A Full-Fledged Business

Jihan Zencirli started out making elaborate balloon arrangements for friends' birthdays. Now her clients include Amazon and Chanel. In 2010, artist Jihan Zencirli had plans to go to a restaurant in Seattle for a friend's birthday when...Show More Summary

What It Was Like To Work At The Most Important R&D Lab Of The Past 50 Years

For many, Xerox PARC is the R&D center that paved the way for the likes of Apple, IBM, and Adobe. For Maureen Stone, it was her first job. In the 1970s and 1980s, before Apple became the poster child for Silicon Valley innovation, the center of computer science experimentation was a company that is now best known for its outdated copy machines. Show More Summary

How Urban Design Perpetuates Racial Inequality--And What We Can Do About It

Our cities weren't created equal. But they don't have to stay that way. Cities are complex organisms shaped by myriad forces, but their organization bears the fingerprints of planners and policy makers who have shaped them for decades. At the root of many of these practices is racism, and modern cities bear the legacy of that discrimination. Read Full Story

Book Briefs #26

"Book Briefs" are an ongoing series of posts with two- or three-sentence first-hand descriptions of some of the numerous books that make their way into my library. These briefs are not full-blown reviews, but they are a way to share more books worthy of attention than can find their way into reviews on my daily or weekly pages. Show More Summary

BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 7/15/16

Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 7/15/16 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators: Producer Price Index rose 0.5 percent in June, up 0.3 percent over...Show More Summary

Trump's New Campaign Logo Penetrates The GOP

Donald Trump has chosen Mike Pence as his running mate, and he's revealed a predictably horrendous new logo to carry the campaign's flag. Now that Donald Trump has revealed Indiana Governor Mike Pence will be his VP running mate, the campaign has unveiled its official logo. Read Full Story

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