Videos

A Growing Seattle Goes All In on Transit

Voters agreed to fund expansions and improvements for local bus and light rail systems. A short film shows how that choice is shaping the city’s future.

Grasshopper Film

The Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise of Inner Mongolia

Zhao Liang’s latest film, Behemoth, provides a ring-side seat to the effects of rapid development, commerce, and pollution in this autonomous region of China.

Ricardo Perez-Solero Llosa

Phnom Penh's Canal of Unpleasant Fragrances

As the Cambodian capital’s least-majestic waterway, the infamous “Shit Canal” is descended from greater architectural marvels intended to re-engineer the landscape.

The Hague

The Hague's City Hall Has Been Mondrian'd

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the De Stijl movement, Richard Meier’s only project in the Netherlands is getting an extremely Dutch treatment.

STREETFILMS

Here's How Godawful NYC Bike Lanes Used to Be

A 2002 public access show offers shows just how far the city has come.

Tanvi Misra/CityLab

The Right to Public Protest Is Still Divided

To achieve its goals, any mass movement needs to recognize the disparate ways in which different people are treated in the same public space.

TfL Youtube Channel

London Assures the World It's Open and Diverse

Since the Brexit vote, an ad campaign has been reaffirming the British capital’s character as a multi-ethnic hub.

WDTVlive42/YouTube

Humans of the Third Avenue El

A short film looks at the personal side of the much-maligned service, the same year it shut down for good.

Swiss Institute

A Sculptor Grapples With Robert Moses' Brutal Urbanism

New York’s controversial “master planner” haunts artist Lena Henke’s intimate ceramics and maps.

Chris Helgren/Reuters

How Vancouver Became North America's Car-Free Capital

The city hit a 50 percent “active transit” target, 5 years ahead of schedule. A short film shows how they did it.

Kyodo/via Reuters

Japan Fixed a Massive Sinkhole in Just One Week

A mesmerizing time lapse shows how, in a matter of days, the city of Fukuoka filled a nearly 100-foot-wide hole at a busy intersection.

TOY

Street Artists Spruce Up Subway Trains With Flower Boxes

Credit the graffiti crew TOY for applying their green thumb to this Berlin train.

TTC/YouTube

A Subway Station Pays Respect to Toronto's Favorite Discount Store

The signage at Bathurst station is getting the Honest Ed’s treatment for the rest of 2016.

Wendover Productions

Why Are European Cities So Dense?

It’s not just because they’re old.

Great Big Story

The Public Librarians Who Serve as Human Google

The New York Public Library’s reference service still handles 30,000 calls a year.

Great Big Story

The Colorado Towns That Turned Up the Stars

It wasn’t easy to banish streetlights and signs. “Frontier people don’t like being told what to do.”

Why GE Moved to Boston, According to Its CEO

“You’re in the middle of an ecosystem that quite honestly for a big company, it makes you afraid.”

UK Department for Transport

British Cyclists Really Hate This New Safety Video

It’s pure victim blaming, say critics.

Flickr/Oran Viriyincy

How Do We Hate New York City Buses? Let Us Count the Ways

A short film allows riders to vent about—and share their best hopes for—the city’s underperforming transit workhorses.