John Metcalfe

NYPL

When Lager Reigned

1880s Manhattan was a beery paradise, according to a teetotaling cartographer.

Panoramic Interests

To House the Homeless, Berkeley Considers Stackable 'Microunits'

The city wants to erect a tower made of stacked, prefab 160-square-foot apartments.

M.B. Tekman et al

Humanity's Garbage Keeps Piling Up in the Arctic Ocean

Less ice and more shipping traffic has left the seafloor looking like the side of a New Jersey highway.

Jon Feinstein/Flickr

Young Millennials Take the Award for 'Worst-Behaved U.S. Drivers'

Nearly 90 percent of young drivers have recently sped, texted, or blown a red light—and some think that’s acceptable.

Terrence Hector

Imagining a World of Massive Cities That Crawl Across the Earth

An architect dreamed up these hulking biostructures that humans exploit for energy.

Environment and Behavior

To Cut Car Pollution, Ask Drivers to 'Think of Yourself'

Researchers tested different road signs to prevent drivers from idling their engines. “Big Brother” eyes helped, but a simple appeal to the “private self” did even more.

Joe Skipper/Reuters

Americans Have Been Driving Less, But Now They're Just Sitting at Home

Is a recent drop in auto fatalities linked to people becoming shut-ins?

Germán Poo-Caamaño/Flickr

Book Deliveries by Bike, Now Available in Vienna

The extremely local, pedal-powered service is meant to “save the Austrian book trade from destruction by big corporations.”

Sebastian Meier

A Data Visualizer Created a Mossy Map of Berlin's Green Spaces

Sebastian Meier used vegetation and a laser cutter to show the city’s parks and ponds.

SFMTA

San Francisco Takes a Step Back From Raised Bike Lanes

Sometimes they just can’t prevent cars from parking in the pathway.

NASA/Joshua Stevens

How Industry Can Create Snow

Credit the “Wegener-Bergeron process” for making this rare blotch of human-induced snow.

SDOT

Seattle Puts Side Guards on Trucks to Protect Cyclists

The panels are meant to stop the fatal, crushing trauma associated with getting run over.

Forget the Wall, What About a Mexican 'Gateway of Friendship'?

Architects once contemplated a spectacular border crossing celebrating the Americas.

DLR/DFD

An Elegant Monochrome Map of the World's Settlements

German scientists made this excruciatingly detailed simulacrum of the “global urban footprint.”

abdallahh/Flickr

A Good Way to Avoid Injuries on the Road: Ride the Bus

You’re three times more likely to get hurt driving a car than taking the bus, say researchers.

Mariordo/Wikipedia

Breathing Life Into Northern Virginia's Notorious 'Concrete Canyon'

Could these face-lifts turn lackluster Rosslyn, with its impossible waterfront, into a place that people actually want to go?

CHP Oakland

Oakland Kills Off Its Anthropomorphized Sinkhole, 'Steve'

The 10-foot-deep highway chasm is popping tires in sinkhole heaven now.

SFMTA

Remembering San Francisco's Ornate 'Funeral Streetcars'

When the city banned burials, it turned to the “Cemeteries line” to ferry the dead out to the ‘burbs.