Reading While Eating for August 10: Bright Lights, Big Cities

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Lightning strikes over buildings during a thunderstorm in Beijing August 9, 2011

Wednesday’s links take you to the big city — whether that city is in China, Saudi Arabia or the U.S.

London, Ablaze: Learn about the underlying social and racial issues behind the ongoing riots in London. (TIME)

Amazing Architecture: The world’s tallest building is in the works in Saudi Arabia. The mockup illustrations are incredible. (Gizmodo)

Step Right Up: Take a photographic look back at decades of fun at Coney Island in New York. (LIFE)

New Neighborhood: Ten years after the 9/11 attacks, see how downtown New York City has been reborn. (Conde Nast Traveler)

Half His Size: Shaquille O’Neal was spotted hitting the town with his reality-star girlfriend. Let’s just say there’s a teensy height difference between them. (The Daily What)

Shrinking City: This tilt-shift view of Chicago makes the Second City look like a children’s toy. (Flavorwire)