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What Happened to Skywriting?

How skywriting rose and fell, and why its instagrammability may lead to a resurgence.

Revisiting the Work of One of America's Best Postwar Photographers

Some of Garry Winogrand's most compelling images of New York, L.A., and Albuquerque.

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For Masochists, Here's Some Hops-Flavored Soda

All the hops, none of the alcohol – who couldn't love that combo?

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People of Color Are Disproportionately Hurt by Air Pollution

New York and Philadelphia top the list of urban areas with great gaps in pollution exposure between whites and non-whites.

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There's a Whole New Treasure Trove of Quirky Pathé Newsreels

Rotterdam's fully automated supermarket, a baby elephant roaming Central London, and more.

A Look Through the LAPD's Stunning Photo Archives

Old photographs from the infamous police department will be on display inside a fake police station at Paramount Studios.

Craig L. Wilkins

These Detroit Bus Stop Benches Are Made From Demolished Homes

An effort to turn neglected spaces into pleasant zones for taking a load off.

Modern Mechanix

The Golden Gate Bridge Could've Had a Submerged 'Boat Tunnel'

Anybody see any problems with this weird underwater design?

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John Metcalfe

In San Francisco This Weekend, Lines Stretched Around the Block for a Nicolas Cage-Themed Art Show

The exhibit next heads to Los Angeles, and then all over the world (well, maybe).

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Max Roberts

A Painstakingly Recreated S-Bahn Map From a Divided Berlin

A 1980 version of the city's transit map, brought back to life.

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These Dutch Tulip Fields Look Like Test Patterns

Book your Mid-April flight over Lisse stat.

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Why Munich Went Ahead and Set Up 6 Official 'Urban Naked Zones'

The city has clarified its rules on nude sunbathing.

AP

Is There a Medellín Hype Machine?

The city has been celebrated as an international model. Naturally, it's time for a backlash.

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Your Road Trip, Reimagined as a Glorious 16th Century Map

Connie Brown will translate your personal adventure into a wall-sized keepsake worthy of Magellan.

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New York City, as Seen Through the Typography of Its Numbers

Nick DiLallo has been aggressively cataloging the digits he sees around the city.

MIT Media Lab

A Gorgeous Map of San Francisco's Independent Coffee Shops

How "walkable coffee shops" might foster a better sense of community.

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This Architect Has Painstakingly Standardized the World's Subway Maps

12 international subway maps, unified through design.

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Tremble at These Surreal, Sky-High Urban Roller Coasters

These photo manipulations may inspire feelings of nausea, dizziness, and impending doom.

If You Love Street Photography, This New Documentary Is a Must-See

Vivian Maier took thousands of riveting pictures of urban life. But she died without ever showing anyone.