A peek at Crimea's controversial election day, Philly widens freeways by mistake, and does Austin, Texas, have a drinking problem? Plus, the incredible story behind Rio's most famous monument, and the truth about earthquakes in L.A. Come along with us on this week's Urban Reads.

  • 96.7 percent of Crimeans can't be wrong: What a (likely completely staged) election looks like in Ukraine [Atlantic Cities]
  • Oops, a plan in the Philadelphia area to widen freeways was based on antiquated (and much higher volume) traffic data [Philadelphia Inquirer via Planetizen]
  • Okay, whales we can understand, but no iguanas or ducks? What pets are illegal in New York City [Untapped Cities]
  • Watch how the Chicago River gets dyed green in this timelapse [Warholian]
  • A 1925 law that almost stopped Southern California's development forever [Curbed LA]
  • After three people were killed and 20 injured by a single drunk driver, a valid question: Does Austin, Texas have drinking problem… or a driving problem? [The Statesman]
  • It's more than just a statue on a hill: The amazing story behind Brazil's iconic Cristo Redentor [BBC]
  • "Most of the damage from an earthquake—95 percent—makes a seismologist go, yeah, we knew that. The image out there is that the damage is not predictable—that's not true. It is known, and we can prevent it." A walk on an urban fault line with L.A.'s new city seismologist [Gizmodo]
  • "The future is about old people, in big cities, afraid of the sky." Science fiction writer Bruce Sterling on predicting our urbanist future, in his SXSW closing keynote [Storrence via 5 Intriguing Things]

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