Design

Texas Built a Confederate Memorial on a Street Named for Martin Luther King Jr.

Short of removing existing Confederate symbols, maybe we could stop building new ones?

Black Charleston Residents Were Targeted Well Before the Tragic Shootings

“You have to go,” the alleged killer reportedly said to black church members. That’s not the first time they’ve heard that.

Reviving the Dead Spaces Under Elevated Structures

A new report from the Design Trust for Public Space outlines how.

Cleveland Can't Handle a Beer Called 'Sweet Baby Jesus'

A grocery chain pulled the messianic brew after customer complaints.

CityFixer

A Case Study in Bike-Friendly Suburban Planning

It’s not just possible, it’s happening in Houten.

Maps

A 19th Century-Style Atlas, Made With New Census Data

The traditional style of these maps and graphs engage the eye in a way most contemporary visualizations don’t.

Maps

Thank You, Science, for This Map of Fecal Viruses

Developing nations have problems with sewage in the water—but so do L.A. and New Jersey.

Can Sex Sell Water Conservation?

Exploring the best strategies to campaign for true behavioral change.

The 'Australian Banksy' Strikes With a Gigantic Optical Illusion

The mural only makes sense from a certain angle.

Videos

A Dance Tribute to San Francisco's Painful Hills

The city’s notorious slopes are great for doing “gravity illusions.”

Maps

In These Powerful Maps, Cities Fracture Along Racial Lines

An ongoing project visualizes segregation data in urban areas.

Why Philadelphia Is Commissioning Skateable Public Art

The city hopes to engage young people in its downtown parks and museum plazas by installing skateable sculptures.

Google's New Bike Plan Wants Silicon Valley to Be More Like Copenhagen

It envisions a connected, low-stress cycling network.

A Chinese Anti-Smog Campaign Shows Children Crying in a Haze

The ghostly kids look like they’re suffocating in smoke.

Why the Bay Area's $6 Billion Bridge Is Already Defective: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

The Heart of London's Tech Hub Is About to Get a Major Overhaul

This week, Transport for London (TfL) approved a plan to pump £25 million into making Silicon Roundabout a safer, more pleasant place to be. But is it enough?

London Builds a Co-Working Space in a Tree

The free-range office trend reaches new heights of ridiculousness.

Maps

The Straightest Roads in the World Are in Midwest America

One man’s attempt at mapping the “bendyness” of the planet’s pavement.

Seattle's Future Alleys Look Like Paradise

The city looks to the dank gaps between buildings for “vibrant new spaces.”