Mark Byrnes

London's Insane Olympics Hotel Rates Now Less Insane

As the Games approach and reality sets in for hoteliers, procrastinating tourists are starting to be rewarded.

Inside London's Athletes-Only Neighborhood

With limited public access until the games conclude, a preview of London's Olympic Village.

Can Heathrow Handle the Olympics?

Lengthy waits at customs cause concern as Olympic-related traffic begins.

The Insurance Company That Thought Its Buildings Could Save Cities

Why Prudential thought it could save America's downtowns through its own decentralization.

Remember the Automat

Once a staple of the Manhattan lunch scene, the automat sees new life as a replica for an exhibit about lunch.

How Road Maps Were Made in the 1940s

An educational film from Chevrolet explains what it took to make an accurate map.

The Toughest Re-Use: Grain Elevators

Not easy to convert, some cities still manage to find new ways to bring life to their abandoned grain elevators.

An Artist Reinvents Architectural Photography via iPhone

An Atlanta-based telecommunications professional creates stunning design pieces using only her phone.

Can Niagara Falls Grow Again?

Despite being home to a world famous tourist attraction, Niagara Falls, New York, is in danger of no longer being considered a city.

After Years of Controversy, a Museum Urbanizes

Long hidden in the suburbs, a world-famous art collection gets a new home in downtown Philadelphia.

Frank Lloyd Wright Hated Cities, Which Might Explain Why Americans Love Him

On his 145th birthday, a look back at Wright's legacy.

Dead Pipe Dream of the Day: Syracuse's 'Destiny USA'

It's surely just as well.

What Pittsburgh Looked Like When It Decided It Had a Pollution Problem

Photographs from the 1940s of the Steel City as it began to address its notoriously smoky air.

The Growing Popularity of Bus Rapid Transit

When designed the right way, a BRT line can be a smart alternative to more expensive modes of public transit.

Rant of the Day: Washington's Bikeshare Is for Smug Socialists

A local journalist offers a strange diatribe against D.C.'s bikeshare program.

When a City Becomes a Race Track

Photos of the Monaco Grand Prix, a race that turned the city's streets into a driver's playground.

The End of the Domed Stadium

Once seen as a civic gem, demand for a permanently enclosed stadium has dwindled.

A Timeline of Storefronts

A Toronto photographer tracked the same addresses over four decades to tell his city's changing story.

Portfolio of the Week: Detroit's M1/DTW

An interview with architect Christian Unverzagt of M1/DTW, who uses Detroit's history and resources to create better designs.