Mark Byrnes

Troy Holden

'A Race Against Time' to Capture a Rapidly Changing San Francisco

After 18 years in the city, a photographer tries to preserve its disappearing faces and places. 

WMATA

From 'Controlled Regional Growth' to Dancing on the Silver Line: D.C. Metro Promotional Videos Through History

As WMATA's newest rail line debuts, a look back at videos from the early days of Washington's transit system.

Andy Warhol, Empire, 1964/The Andy Warhol Museum

Andy Warhol's Film 'Empire' Turns 50

Celebrating one of the world's most famous skyscrapers on the day an equally famous artist filmed it. For a long, long time.

Mark Byrnes

Saving Sam the Record Man's Giant Spinning Discs

A huge flashing sign from a shuttered record store in Toronto gets a new home after a lengthy preservation battle.

Max Roberts

A Vignelli-Inspired Map Designed to Make the Least Amount of People Mad

One designer thinks his version of the notorious 1972 subway map wouldn't bother as many New Yorkers.

Richard Huppertz/Wikimedia Commons

Remembering Pittsburgh's Most Mesmerizing Sign

In a city filled with illuminated signs, Westinghouse's light show was the one to watch for 30 years. Nostalgia for it remains.

Magnum Photos/Milwaukee Art Museum

Milwaukee Gets the Magnum Photos Treatment in a New Exhibit

Some of the world's best photographers spent time in Wisconsin's biggest city to produce "Postcards from America: Milwaukee."

When Los Angeles' Blue Line Was New

Celebrate its 24th birthday with a 1990 video touting "a promise delivered." And a talking owl named Travis.

Travis Huggett

Photographing New Yorkers on the Bus

Travis Huggett waits at bus stops and red lights to artfully capture MTA passengers at night.

(All photos by Ben Marcin)

A Photo Project Ponders Skyscrapers Without a Skyline

An artist obsessed with capturing lonesome structures takes on tall, urban buildings.

Library of Congress/Archive.org

In 1914, Baltimore Wanted You to Know It Was the Best City Ever

A digitally preserved program from the city's Star Spangled Banner centennial festivities boasts about an unparalleled new sewer system, among other amenities.

AP/Eugene Hoshiko

Even the IOC Wants Tokyo to Scale Down Plans for 2020

Efforts to save the city's 56-year-old National Stadium won't stop the wrecking ball, but rising costs are forcing officials to pull back on building new venues.

Mark Byrnes

Harlem's Most Inventive New Building Looks Odd, But It's for a Purpose

The Sugar Hill development is an affordable-housing complex full of supportive amenities and innovations. But some are having a hard time with its neo-brutalist style.

Human

This Exercise App Tracks Trends on How We Move In Different Cities

The developers of Human have complied user data into stunning visualizations that show how and where we get around.

USGS

Track a Century of U.S. Development With a Tool That Centralizes Old Maps

The full catalog of USGS topographic surveys is now all on one site and searchable by city.

Mark Byrnes

No One Knows When Buffalo's Pedestrian Mall Overhaul Will Be Finished

With funding arriving on a block-by-block basis, everyone is eager to see if bringing cars back to Main Street will finally make a difference.

U.S. Government Printing Office/HistoryShots

A Brilliantly Restored 19th Century Visualization of U.S. City Population Shifts

A map and data enthusiast found this colorful chart that tracks where the United States grew and shrunk between 1790 and 1890. 

Radius Books/Alex Webb

Faces of a Shrinking Company Town

A new photography book explores Rochester in the 12 months following Kodak's bankruptcy filing. 

Francois Prost

A Photographic Homage to the Suburban Nightclubs of Europe

When the sun comes up, these postmodern fun palaces show off their architectural quirks.