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What Real Respect for Bicyclists Looks Like

Take a ride on this floating roundabout for cyclists, in the Netherlands of course.


The Uncomfortable Politics Behind the History of Urban Fires

A new book offers a sweeping look at how fire – and the way we’ve responded to and manipulated it – has shaped cities in every part of the world.

Columbia Pictures

The Geography of James Bond

Who's been to more cities, you or 007?

Flickr/Pug Freak

European Bikeshare Rankings: Who Comes Out on Top?

The Dutch are in dead last, and one program stands above the rest.

8 Truly Embarrassing City Souvenirs

From a Lady Liberty comb to 'I Heart London' nail clippers.

Take a Guided Tour of Amsterdam's Tourists

A wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon, turning the watched into the watchers.


A BBQ Grill Designed to Unify Estranged Neighbors

The "Buurbecue" acts as the food-grade grease that gets friendly chitchat rolling.

Courtesy of Flickr user ComùnicaTI under a Creative Commons license.

A Peep at 10 of the World's Most Popular Red Light Districts

Where urban morals, margins, and mainstream converge — under cover of a neon glow.

Flickr/Frans Schouwenburg

How Urban Design Affects Ethnic or Religious Tensions

You can't design your way out of conflict, but the way we build neighborhoods can either help or hinder polarized communities, and maybe even prevent radicalization in the first place.

Liam Young

Canaries in the Global Coalmine: Birdsong in a Changing Climate

How increasing CO2 in the atmosphere will affect the songs of birds.

Courtesy: Estherase/Flickr

The Shipping Container City Boom

More and more, shipping containers are being used to create big, inter-connected work spaces and homes.


This Week in Bans: No Pets for You in Huntington Beach

Also, the Netherlands bans tourists from purchasing marijuana (yes, really), and one Indianapolis contractor gets a visit from Johnny Law.


Why There's No War Between Drivers and Cyclists in the Netherlands

Dutch people aren't born knowing the rules of the road. They're taught from an early age.


Why the Streets of Copenhagen and Amsterdam Look So Different From Ours

By seizing a historical moment, ordinary Danish and Dutch citizens were able to change the course of development in their urban centers.


Could This Be the World's Weirdest Pedestrian Bridge?

The designers of this proposed Amsterdam river bridge get a little too whimsical for their own good.


Why People in Cities Walk Fast

Researchers have proposed a number of theories over the years — from sensory overload to the economic value of time.

Courtesy: Chuck Wolfe

Why So Many Romantic Comedies Are Set in Cities

Snapshots of cities most love-inducing qualities.

REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Scenes From Europe's Frozen Cities

A photographic tour of the freezing cold consuming much of the continent.

Courtesy: Kaid Benfield

What Pictures Can Teach Us About Walkability

Sometimes the best insights come from looking at pictures of a space.