Design

Is Your City's Street Grid Really a Grid?

This intriguing new visual maps the symmetry of urban layouts.

Rio's Relentless Beach Pollution

Nearly 70 percent of the city's sewage spills, untreated, into the Atlantic Ocean and Guanabara Bay.

Navigator

The Digital Tip Trap

Cashless payments are great, but not if they nudge us toward paying more than we meant to.

Baseball Is Coming Back to Montreal, for a Weekend

The much-maligned Olympic Stadium will host two exhibition games, but don't expect the city to get a new team.

New Photoshop-Inspired Street Art Is 'Erasing' London

Blending the digital world with the analog.

On the Set in Nollywood

One photographer's behind-the-scenes look inside this gigantic, high-volume film industry.

An Illustrated History of All the Ways Urban Environments Can Control Us

War of Streets and Houses explores how a city can simultaneously foster and crush social change.

Videos

The Story of San Francisco's Old School 'Jacket Club' Gangs

A 1961 documentary about the non-profit group that got kids off the street.

The Fascinating Remains of Rochester's 'Subway'

The city still hasn't figured out what to do with an exposed 1.5 mile tunnel in the heart of downtown.

Videos

42 Years of New York City Street Photography

Artist Flo Fox describes her life creating gritty, clever, and often raunchy images.

A Fashionable Waterproof Cycling Shoe

An elegantly convenient solution to soggy commutes. 

Florence's New Logo: Crowdsourced Design That's Bad for Design

The Italian city held an open contest to rebrand itself—with mediocre results.

How New York Is Building an Entire Neighborhood on Top of a Rail Yard

Hudson Yards, a 26-acre space with 17 million square feet of buildings, will be suspended over 30 active train tracks.

A €1 Billion Construction Site Famous for Its Graffiti

The street art surrounding Frankfurt's nearly-finished European Central Bank headquarters is an international draw.

9 Charts That Tell You Where Life Is Pretty Terrific

And where people are miserable.

Shocker: Conservative Republicans Hate the Amtrak Writer Residency

Senators Coburn and Flake waste our time calling it wasteful.

Aerial Photos of the Chicago River Being Dyed Green Will Hypnotize You

Happy St. Patrick's Day.

The Crackdown on Chinatown's Roast Ducks: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A round-up of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

A Steep Street in England, Reimagined as a Giant Water Slide

Navigate the city in a new way.