London's Mayor: Huge Tunnels Will Solve Our Congestion Problem

The city ponders its own version of the Big Dig.

Jay Patani

London's Suburban Real Estate Prices Are Skyrocketing

But in Central London, home values might have hit their peak.

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An Ode to the U.K.'s Red Phone Boxes

Before cell phones, these booths were places for making collect calls and collective memories.


How London Exceeded Its Entire 2016 EU Pollution Limit in Just One Week

Diesel vehicles are the main culprits, but other major polluters loom on the horizon

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The Latest Scourge of London Gentrification Is Black Stores With Tiny White Signs

You'll need to squint to make out what these self-consciously twee retailers are actually saying.

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Suburbs Are Urban Places, Too

A scholar argues that suburbs have complex urban qualities, but they are poorly understood.

AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

The Cracks in Britain's Big Plan to Build 30,000 Affordable Starter Homes

For one thing, its definition of “affordable” is so optimistic as to be meaningless.

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How Hard Should Transit Systems Go After Fare Evaders?

Berlin has suffered a surge in scofflaw riders, but super strict enforcement also adds to overhead costs.

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A London Tube Map Made Out of 1,563 Chocolates

Orange creams for the Overground, hazelnut caramels for the Metropolitan Line—a transit network has never been so delicious.

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In London, the Rich Are Heading to the City and the Poor to the Suburbs

The U.K. capital is undergoing its own great inversion.

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Why I Decided to Live on a Houseboat in London

As rents soar and technology makes life onboard easier, more Londoners like me are taking up residence on the city’s canals.

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London's Proposed New Pedestrian-Cyclist Bridge Is Shockingly Sensible

The price is reasonable, the design is practical, and the link is one the city genuinely needs.

For the Love of the Force

Superfans Are Building a Giant 'Star Wars' Universe in Manchester

Take a tour of Jabba the Hutt’s palace, a life-size X-wing, and that weird cantina full of kloo horn-playing musicians.

Reuters/Andrew Winning

A Portait of Ancient, Cosmopolitan London

The city was surprisingly diverse 2,000 years ago.

WSP / Parson Brinkerhoff

10 Ideas for Improving London's Affordable Housing

From building atop canals to encouraging backyard cottages.

Mapping Calories Burned Walking Around New York

A healthy alternative to waiting for the train.

A Hypnotic Animation of the World's Carbon Emissions

Greenhouse gases swirl in abandon in this NASA video.

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How London Fell Out of Love With the 'Garden Bridge'

First seen as symbol of a bright new future, the structure has come to reflect the city’s wider problems.