Mark Byrnes

Reuters

A Rare Glimpse of City Life in North Korea

There are Mercedes and Audis, along with bookstores, restaurants and well-swept but mostly empty streets.

Max Roberts

This Guy's Never Met a Map He Didn't Want to Fix

Just not always for the better: "I've deliberately designed maps that are deliberately horrible to look at, and succeeded."

Martin Adolfsson

Sneaking Inside the World's Multiplying McMansions

Martin Adolfsson photographs upper-class subdivisions around the world without permission.

Mark Regester

Meet the Photographer Who Tenderly Chronicles St. Louis's Scars

"St. Louis is sort of an underdog. We're scrappy. We're gritty. This city has been through a lot of shit."

Reuters

You Will Not Believe How Much You Can Carry With a Little Bit of Ingenuity

Amazing feats of DIY transport from around the world.

Kirk Krippens

How to Photograph a Bankrupt City

Kirk Crippens has been taking pictures of Stockton, California, since its housing bubble famously burst.

Reuters

The Most Dangerous Commute in the World?

A glimpse at the risks Palestinians take to get to work in Israel.

Wikimedia Commons

If Anyone Deserves Their Own Holiday, It's Rat Catchers

A brief history of the least glamorous occupational holiday.

Reuters

Mexico Has a Dog Kidnapping Problem

Animal care organizations report a quadrupling of kidnappings in recent years, buoyed by robust ransom opportunities.

Wikimedia Commons/Mark Byrnes

Victor Gruen Wanted to Make Our Suburbs More Urban. Instead, He Invented the Mall

How we ruined Gruen's plan for more walkable, tight-knit American downtowns.

Disneyland's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad First Day

On the anniversary of its opening, a look back at what Walt Disney called "Black Sunday."

Reuters

Lessons From North Korea on Using Brown Sugar to Smuggle a Bunch of Weapons

Inside the bizarre international controversy that's washed up on Panama's shores.

Mark Byrnes

Baseball's Oddest Season

A look back at the peculiar personalities of the short-lived 1890 Players' League.

Reuters

Nuns, Cows, and Ridiculous Costumes: Beautiful, Strange Scenes From the Tour de France

Oddball fans, striking landscapes and other pictures from this year's race.

Gus Petro

This Is What It Would Look Like If You Dropped Manhattan Into the Grand Canyon

Whoa.

Reuters

'We Are All Trayvon'

Across the country, protesters rage at the acquittal of George Zimmerman.

Mathieu Tremblin

This Is Not a Watermark: Meet French Street Artist Mathieu Tremblin

A look into the mind of the often subtle urban interventionist. 

Reuters

A Paris Commuter Train Derails, Killing at Least 6

Officials describe an "apocalyptic" scene in Brétigny-sur-Orge, just 12 miles south of the city.

Reuters

What the World's Most Oppressive Walls Look Like on Berlin's Old One

A new photography project captures barriers in Baghdad, Korea, Israel and Belfast.