Amanda Erickson

Eyesore Solution of the Day: Vegetation Decorations for Construction Fences

Planters cover up offensive projects.

A Public Transit Pope: Francis Rode Buses Instead of Limos Through Buenos Aires

The new Pope was born in Buenos Aires, and is celebrated for his humility.

Thousands Celebrate Puff of White Smoke, Selection of New Pope

The crowd gathered at the Vatican is pretty excited right now.

A City in Waiting: Outside St. Peter's Basilica

Crowds descend to await the announcement of a new Pope.

Japan's Permanently Displaced

2 years after a devastating earthquake, 160,000 are still without housing.

Why We Crave 'Authentic' Cities: Best #Cityreads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

4 Months Later, the Poor Are Still Suffering Disproportionately From Sandy

Many low-income homes and apartment buildings are still dealing with significant damage.

Myanmar Gets a Facelift

Scenes from the streets of Yangon.

Stunning Pictures of South Africans Celebrating Holi for the First Time

10,000 came out in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Subway Babies and Shrinking Cities (Well): Best #Cityreads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

What It Looks Like to Make a Home in a Cemetery

Bratislav Stojanovic has lived in a Nis graveyard for the last 15 years.

The Fading Politicization of Northern Ireland's Street Art

Murals once devoted to the troubles now take on sporting victories and cultural achievements.

A Chinese Town Famous for Its Creepy Snakes

Residents of Zisiqiao Village raise over 3 million snakes a year.

Intimate Scenes From India's Railroads

As India contemplates a second fare hike in as many months, a Reuters photographer captures what the system means to its riders.

Twitter Data Use of the Day: Mapping the Languages of New York City

5 percent of Tweets out of the city are in a language other than English.

Sudan's Once Great Train System Is Now in Utter Disrepair

The country once boasted Africa's largest network. Now much is out of service, thanks to mismanagement and neglect.

Creative Urban Budget Solution of the Day: Crowdfunding City Programs

Chicago is trying to raise $480,000 for a youth basketball league.

Incredible Pictures From the World's Coldest City

No more complaining about a little snow.

Lovelorn Map of the Day: Top Missed Connections Locations by State

You may be more likely to spot a potential mate at a Walmart in a whopping 15 states.