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The Best Cities for Millennials, According to Millennials

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Leaving the nest is an important life event, but not always an easy one. Work opportunities, cost of living, leisure activities, and other factors all play a role in your residential decisions, and for Millennials, weighing all of those elements for the first time can be overwhelming. YouthfulCities, a global initiative dedicated to evaluating cities from a young person's point of view, recently released its 2015 lists of the world's most youthful and most affordable cities. When viewed in conjunction with one another, these two lists reveal Millennials' priorities when choosing a place to live.

For its 2015 Global Index [PDF], the “urban decoders” at YouthfulCities surveyed more than 10,000 young people (ages 15 to 29) from 55 cities around the world between 2013 and 2015 to find out what they liked most about their respective locales. The participants ranked everything from education and diversity to nightlife and safety, giving each attribute up to 10 points, for a highest possible score of 1600. With 1024.12 points, New York City was named the "Youthful City of the Year." Rounding out the top five were London, Berlin, San Francisco, and Paris.

While affordability was included in the Global Index, there was not a direct correlation between the places that Millennials could most afford and the places that they found to be the most suitable. The Most Affordable City for Youth [PDF], according to the YouthfulCities, was Sydney, which came in 16th on the list of most youthful cities. Montreal was second in affordability, despite being 18th on the overall list, and Detroit (the 25th most youthful) was named the third most affordable. San Francisco and Berlin were the only two cities to make the top five on both lists. As YouthfulCities points out, most of the cities topping the Affordability Index earned their spots thanks to their high minimum wage.

Of course, any survey that is meant to represent a significant portion of the population (Millennials now outnumber Baby Boomers in the United States) should be taken with a grain of salt—consider the study's sample size, source, and factors considered, for starters. In a separate survey of 232 U.S. cities, Niche.com listed Cambridge, Massachusetts, above New York and San Francisco in its list of the Best Cities for Millennials in America, while TIME Money gave the overall title of Best Place to Live for Millennials to Austin, Texas, for its job growth, affordability, and concentration of grocery stores and laundromats. Young people should check out the details of both YouthfulCites surveys, but they should also do some homework of their own before choosing a place to settle down.

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50 of America’s Most Bed Bug-Infested Cities
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It’s easy to find advice on dealing with bed bug infestations, but most people would rather avoid encounters with the parasites in the first place. There are a few ways to do this, from staying at trustworthy hotels to resisting the urge to take in furniture you find on the street. But which part of the country you choose to rest your head can also determine your chances of running into the pests. Before planning your next trip, refer to the list below.

As Condé Nast Traveler reports, these cities come from Orkin’s annual list of the top 50 bed bug cities in America. The pest control company pulled their data from the number of bed bug treatments executed between December 1, 2016 and November 30, 2017. These results cover residential buildings like apartments and houses as well as hotels and motels.

Bed bug infestations are on the rise across the country, according to Orkin entomologist Dr. Tim Husen, but the problem is more apparent in some cities than others. Baltimore tops the list for the second year in a row, followed by Washington D.C. and Chicago. Los Angeles, New York, and Dallas also break the top 10.

A quick glance at the list shows that no part of the country is safe from the unwelcome bedfellows. That doesn’t mean the solution is to sterilize your home and never step outside again: Just be aware if you're living in or a visiting a city with high rates of bed bugs and take the appropriate level of caution. When sleeping in a new bed, no matter what city it’s in, it’s always a good idea to check the mattress first. Pull back the sheets and scan the crevices for blood, eggs, droppings, and the bugs themselves. And if you’re not sure what bed bugs look like, this guide should give you an idea.

Here is the full list:

1. Baltimore

2. Washington, D.C.

3. Chicago

4. Los Angeles

5. Columbus, Ohio

6. Cincinnati, Ohio

7. Detroit

8. New York

9. San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose

10. Dallas-Fort Worth

11. Indianapolis, Indiana

12. Philadelphia

13. Atlanta

14. Cleveland-Akron-Canton, Ohio

15. Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina

16. Richmond-Petersburg, Virginia

17. Houston

18. Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, Virginia

19. Charlotte, North Carolina

20. Buffalo, New York

21. Knoxville, Tennessee

22. Nashville, Tennessee

23. Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Michigan

24. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

25. Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina-Asheville, North Carolina

26. Champaign-Springfield-Decatur, Illinois

27. Phoenix

28. Denver

29. Milwaukee

30. Hartford-New Haven, Connecticut

31. Charleston-Huntington, West Virginia

32. Boston

33. Syracuse, New York

34. Dayton, Ohio

35. St. Louis, Missouri

36. Seattle

37. Miami-Ft. Lauderdale

38. Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, Michigan

39. Omaha, Nebraska

40. Cedar Rapids-Waterloo-Dubuque, Iowa

41. San Diego, California

42. Lexington, Kentucky

43. Honolulu, Hawaii

44. Louisville, Kentucky

45. Las Vegas

46. Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem, North Carolina

47. New Orleans, Louisiana

48. Myrtle Beach-Florence, South Carolina

49. Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida

50. Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York

[h/t Condé Nast Traveler]

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Every London Cabbie Should Know How to Find This Peculiar Coat Hook
5 Great Newport Street, London
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At a large intersection near London's Leicester Square, sharp-eyed pedestrians will be able to spot a mysterious coat hook drilled into a building façade near 5 Great Newport Street. According to Atlas Obscura, the hook was placed there for a very specific group of people—traffic cops.

London's first motorists didn't trust traffic lights. The city installed its first red-yellow-green signals at the junction of St. James's Street and Piccadilly only in 1925, and most major intersections still employed Metropolitan Police officers to direct traffic. At the junction of Great Newport Street, Garrick Street, Long Acre, Cranbourn Street, and Upper St. Martins Lane, cars and carriages depended on a bobby to tell them when to go ahead.

At the time, police officers wore woolen uniforms with capes, even in the hottest months of summer. One of the traffic cops at the intersection, whose name is not recorded, noticed a nail protruding from a construction site near 5 Great Newport Street and hung his cape on it. His fellow officers followed suit as temperatures climbed. When the construction work ended sometime in the 1930s and the nail was removed, the officers petitioned the building's owners to install a permanent fixture.

Today, the ornate iron hook remains drilled into the wall, along with a metal plate reading "Metropolitan Police." It's unclear whether those who are not police officers can drape their jackets on it.

The unique piece of street furniture has outlived the need for traffic-directing bobbies, but it remains a beloved part of London's transportation history. Allegedly, the hook is one of the 20,000 points of interest to be memorized for The Knowledge, the infamously difficult test one must pass to become a London cab driver.

[h/t Atlas Obscura]

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