Mark Byrnes

Library of Congress

The Incredible, Explosive Growth of Chicago, As Seen Through Its Maps

See the first-ever map of the city, and how it evolved over a century.

Aaron Borngraber

The Depressing Stuff You'll Find Inside an Abandoned Inner City School

Travel back in time to Buffalo, 1979.

Reuters

Glimpse the Absurd Parisian Ghost Town in the Middle of China

A luxury real estate developer in Hangzhou thought it could cash in on China's love for all things French. It hasn't worked out that way.

Wikimedia Commons

How North Korea Commissions Architects

Meet the Hong Kong architecture firm currently in favor with Kim Jong Un.

'Jesse Owens Was Here'

Berlin's 1936 Olympic Village once housed Nazis and Soviets. Today, there's an effort to convert the neglected site into a museum.

Reuters

Meet the Aborigine Military Unit That Patrols the Most Dangerous Areas of Australia

NORFORCE surveils the country's sparsely populated northern coast and territories.

YouTube/BART

In 1968, San Francisco's BART Was Billed as a 'Dream for Tomorrow'

There's something almost hypnotic about this hippie-lite promotional video.

Library of Congress/Google Maps

Baltimore, Then and Now (1911 to 2013)

A peek at how the city's changed on its 284th birthday.

Reuters

How a Traffic Jam Became an International Incident

Gibraltar accuses Spain of inflicting "torture" through unnecessary delays at its border.

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.