Climb into a sinkhole of bureaucracy in Pennsylvania (no, really, it's a cave), explore San Francisco's most storied structure (not the Golden Gate bridge), and jet off to to Myanmar (or is it Burma?). Plus, SCARY CLOWNS! In this week's Urban Reads.

  • "The employees here pass thousands of case files from cavern to cavern and then key in retirees' personal data, one line at a time. They work underground not for secrecy but for space. The old mine's tunnels have room for more than 28,000 file cabinets of paper records." The former limestone mine 230 feet below the ground in Pennsylvania where 600 government employees process retirement paperwork [Washington Post]
  • Comparing Bill de Blasio and Eric Garcetti: Two big cities, two new mayors, two very different leadership styles... [New York Times]
  • ... and then compare both of those to California governor Jerry Brown, who's just, like, whatevs [Los Angeles Times]
  • 26 stories about San Francisco's development, told through the history of the recently renovated historic tower One Montgomery [The Atlantic]
  • You say Mumbai, I say Bombay; you say Tbilisi, I say Tiflis: Sophisticated travelers stay one step ahead of geopolitics by heading to cities that are newly re-christened and/or generally unpronounceable [T]
  • From transit to density: 10 rules from Richard Florida on creating a good "quality of place" [Globe and Mail]
  • Philadelphia doesn't have a housing problem, it has an income problem [Next City]
  • "Women make up 25 percent of architecture staff in the U.S., though they now earn 42 percent of the architecture degrees." What it's like to be female and an architect [Curbed]
  • A person dressed like a creepy clown has been poking around outside Staten Island train stations, terrorizing the borough... [BuzzFeed]
  • ... although a similar-looking clown paralyzed Northampton, England, and was later deemed to be a filmmaker's hoax. So maybe this one is, too? [BuzzFeed]

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