A beautiful look at the U.S.-Mexico border, how American cities are turning into "play deserts," and where you'll find the real roots of the tech industry. Plus a pizza-funded religious community in Florida, a farm on Staten Island, and where rich dogs poop, all in this week's Urban Reads.

You want urban reads? We got your urban reads right here. On this November day: Icelandic elves, Lou Reed, the lost & found art of walking, what "smart city" really means, and an adorable dancing traffic cop.