Mark Byrnes

The Best and Worst of the World's Central Plazas and Squares

A pair of slideshows illuminating what makes a public gathering space work and what doesn't

North America's Most Welcoming Welcome Signs

Whether it's a fun slogan or an unusual design, these signs help their towns stand out

Civic Symbolism: A Survey of City Hall Architecture

Which city hall buildings manage to capture something specific about a city's culture?

The Best and Worst of Official City Flags

They're less visible, but most cities have flags just like countries or states. Some are great. Others, not so much.

The World's Best Subway Maps

20 mass transit maps worthy of hanging on your wall

Why I Love My City: Tom Toles on Buffalo

Washington Post political cartoonist reflects on life in his hometown

Is Bicycle Commuting Really Catching On? And if So, Where?

A survey of 55 major U.S. cities shows big gains in many places, but plenty of regional variation

Create Your Own Historical Maps with WhatWasThere

New website combines vintage photography with Google Street View

Toronto's Modernist Architecture: A Love Letter

A short film by Davide Tonizzo shows off the city's sometimes forgotten mid-century buildings