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Here are some quick links for a midweek fix of good reads from the world of cities and architecture. This week: archaeology, glowing sidewalks, Russian spacesuits, London sewers, and more.

  • Will cities install "walkable solar panel pathways" instead of sidewalks? [Gizmag]
  • London's aging sewers desperately need an upgrade—but are the problems too expensive to fix? [New York Times]
  • Pompeii was destroyed by a volcano; now it's falling apart from neglect. [New York Review of Books]
  • "Los Angeles was not built in a desert, but are we making it one?" [Boom]
  • Hackers gather in Dallas "to create technology-driven tools aimed at improving the lives of older adults" [LeadingAge HackFest]
  • Portuguese architects propose bridge be dismantled and reassembled in center of town to protest "urban regeneration" policies. [Archinect]
  • Were Brutalist college buildings really designed to thwart student riots? [Slate]
  • "Green Alleys" aim to make South Los Angeles more walkable for residents. [Architect's Newspaper]
  • Visit the "top secret factory" where Russian spacesuits were constructed. [Popular Mechanics]
  • New York's High Bridge gets $61 million renovation. [Curbed NY]

Opening image courtesy of Timothy Schenck—who you should be following on Instagram. Got an Instagram of your own you'd like us to use in our next link round-up? Tag it #gizmodocities and we'll be in touch if we want to post.