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J. Paul Getty Trust

A Look Back at L.A.'s Union Station, on Its 75th Anniversary

A new exhibit looks at the history of the iconic structure through photographs and architectural drawings.

Courtesy of Doug Most

The Fascinating History of New York and Boston's Race to Build a Subway

Doug Most's new book, The Race Underground, tracks the rivalry that emerged with the tracks.

Associated Press

The 1969 Oil Spill That Launched the Modern Environmental Movement

Scientists at NOAA have updated the environmental catastrophe for today's media-hungry, GIS-loving audience.

Digital Scholarship Lab

The Quaint Plans for American Cities, as We Envisioned Them 200 Years Ago

New York in 1776, Charleston in 1780, Baltimore in 1801.

Associated Press

Life in Apartheid-Era South Africa

Gripping photos show what decades of segregation looked like in Nelson Mandela's home country.

YouTube

The Legacy of Urban Renewal Helped Make Morrissey Sad

The singer has a new autobiography out, and it turns out the Pope of Mope had a lot to be bummed out about in Manchester.

Flickr/PLCRjr

New York's 1964 World's Fair Was Actually Something of a Failure

Never officially certified, the Fair ended up as a tribute to American corporations more than its official theme of "peace through understanding." It was still pretty cool.

City of Montreal Archives

A Look Back at Montreal's Contentious, First Attempt at Slum Clearance

The City of Montreal Archives has just released an important set of historical images.

London Transport

What Makes London's Underground Logo So Special?

Design historian David Lawrence's new book explores its history and how it came to be synonymous with the city it serves.

Rescuing the Adorable Icons of Chicago's Public Housing Projects

These concrete animal statues were removed in the early 2000s, but a new project is hoping to bring them back.

The Wacky Skyline of an Alternative-Universe San Francisco

A new exhibition in San Francisco envisions the Bay Bridge as a massive vertical farm and Treasure Island seeded with water-purifying "jellyfish houses."

Wikimedia Commons

When Airport Hopping in New York Was Cheaper, Faster, and a Little More Dangerous

New York Airways used to help air travelers get from airport to airport (and Manhattan) by helicopter.

Library of Congress

D.C.'s Panic and Fear the Day Before the March on Washington

Memories from history's wild imagination, 50 years later.

Peace Memorial Museum

Haunting Photos From the Only 2 Cities Attacked by Atomic Bombs

Images from a new online exhibit from Google.

Calvin Metcalf

Mapping a Century of Change in the City of Boston

Dating back to the 1890s.

Library of Congress

The Incredible, Explosive Growth of Chicago, As Seen Through Its Maps

See the first-ever map of the city, and how it evolved over a century.

YouTube/BART

In 1968, San Francisco's BART Was Billed as a 'Dream for Tomorrow'

There's something almost hypnotic about this hippie-lite promotional video.

Wikimedia Commons

If Anyone Deserves Their Own Holiday, It's Rat Catchers

A brief history of the least glamorous occupational holiday.

Mark Byrnes

Baseball's Oddest Season

A look back at the peculiar personalities of the short-lived 1890 Players' League.