The Modern Urbanist's Guide to Life


In Search of 'Authentic' City Tour Guides

This site pairs locals up with travelers for guided strolls.

The Life and Death of Local Institutions

Amid threats of closure, mainstays like Carnegie Deli in New York and the Kingfish in Oakland feel like essential parts of a city's culture.

Las Hijas de Violencia / Vimeo

Fighting Street Harassment in Mexico City With Punk Rock, Performance Art, and Confetti

A conversation with Las Hijas de Violencia.

Courtesy of Easy, Tiger

Plot All of Your Travel Plans on This Wall Map

A corkboard guide to the U.S.A.


Your Barista Might Hold the Key to Your Next Apartment

Why low-tech personal networks still help us find housing.

James Beard/Flickr

You Know More People Than You Think You Do

New research suggests that our social networks are a lot wider than we realize.

Flickr/Thorsten Krienke

Even Silent Discos Are Too Loud for This Swiss City

Lausanne, the party capital of Switzerland, turns it down.

AP Photo/Matt Slocum

How 311 Apps Make Winter a Bit More Bearable

In Philadelphia, residents can request on-demand plowing and salting after snowfalls.

Angela Kim

An Artist Strikes Back Against Foul Subway Smells

One scratch-and-sniff sticker at a time.

Courtesy of the CTA

A Brief History of Subway Etiquette Campaigns

We’ve always been pretty bad at being nice in transit.

REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

How to Stay Calm on Public Transit

Even in a crisis, it doesn’t pay to freak out.

Russell Lee/Library of Congress

The Psychological Upside of Becoming a Regular at a Bar

Asking for “the usual, please” might actually be good for you.

Recycle by City

This Online Guide Will Teach You How to Recycle, Once and for All

No, it’s not just you—it really is very confusing.

Anastasia Savinova

Capturing the Spirit of a Place Through Collage

Anastasia Savinova’s surreal composite structures piece together the essential fragments of a city.

Jen Gallardo/Flickr

We Are One Step Closer to Destroying Bedbugs Forever

Go out and hug a scientist: They’ve sequenced our enemy’s genome.

Courtesy of Jordan Zaslow

What Happened When New Yorkers Scribbled Their Biggest Regrets on a Blackboard

So many things that could’ve been, aired to the public in colorful chalk.

AP Photo/Richard Drew

The Secret Life of Stuff We Lose on Subways

A tale of underground lost and found.


This App Is the Tinder for Female Friendships

There are lots of benefits to friends-without-benefits.

Army of Lovers

These Strangers Just Really Want to Give You a Valentine

And they’re hoping you won’t yell at them for stopping you in the street.