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How Detroit Got Its Street Grid

A 1965 educational film explains.

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.

MEL Films

The Man Who Wants to Build a Village Out of Plastic Bottles

Robert Bezeau has more than a million containers, and he’s already begun construction.

Jeremy Meek

One Navajo 6th Grader's Bumpy, Three-Hour School Commute

Follow Gunner, a student from Navajo Nation, on his daily truck commute along one of the U.S.’s badly neglected tribal roads.

A Demolition Gives a Huge British Chimney One Last Plume of Smoke

It’s said to be the tallest concrete structure ever exploded in the U.K.

Even/Odd

Remembering Philando Castile on His Birthday

In a short film, friends and family grieve the police-shooting victim over cake and recollections.

CCTV

Watch 116 Excavators Demolish a Chinese Bridge

For these Chinese engineers, it's go big or go home.

Damian Dovarganes/AP Photo

Looking at Ed Ruscha, Quintessential Artist of Southern California

A short film probes the painter’s love of streamlined architecture, bold signs, and cinematic narrative.

In the 1950s, General Motors Made a Pretty Modern Case for Buses

The automaker produced an earnest, albeit self-interested, pitch for public transportation.

Sriram Murali/Vimeo

California's Light Pollution Fades Away in This Star-Dazzled Film

Lost in Light gradually transports you from light-blighted cities to sanctuaries for star-gazing.