Officials say the canal will fuel the country's economy. But opponents worry it will add to runaway sprawl and rampant water pollution.
The presence of Syrian refugees may have also played a role in a recent crackdown on gay bars.
If any European city needed a radical structural rethink, it's Paris.
The city is tightening the rules governing its famous red light district. Will the efforts cut down on sex trafficking or make the problem worse?
The Planners is partly bucolic escapism and partly a sidelong look at the state of Britain today. And yes, it's actually fascinating.
The city wants to wrest the soft drugs trade away from criminal gangs, but the national government may not let it proceed.
Modern London was built on top of a large number of plague pits, and the city's thirst for more space means digging won't slow down any time soon.
Tramlines! Bike paths! Trees! The plans could turn an area of shabby charisma into one of real, walkable charm.
The arts have tended to ignore the Tube as a source of inspiration, but with the 150th anniversary of the system, we get 12 new books on its relevance.
Protesters have halted construction for now, but for many Berliners, it’s as if their worst nightmares are coming true.
Critics of London Mayor Boris Johnson's ambitious air pollution plan may be missing the bigger picture.
Even British writing on London isn't exactly a cliché-free zone.
No second bathrooms, no fireplaces or under-floor heating, no new balconies and no reserved parking places.
4 clichés every travelogue about Germany's capital apparently must include.
In England, Christmas Eve is the time to tell ghost stories. A reflection on some of the city's spookiest nooks and crannies.
The city is redrawing its transit map without an expensive overhaul. Instead, it stitched together old, underexploited track.
Quasi-legal buildings are popping up for rent all over the city, and officials are doing little to regulate these Dickensian dwellings.
The portrait of the city as a burnt-out hellscape has little basis in reality.
The country has long been a model for flashy, absurd infrastructure, but austerity is finally slowing it down.