Videos

The Voices of the Displaced in Portland, Oregon

"Losing those spaces means that you lose a critical element of who you are."

A Single Day on the London Tube, Condensed Into 2 Minutes

It’s a living, breathing transit map.

Watch a Utah Construction Crew Demolish a Bridge in 32 Seconds

Also, watch the Michigan Department of Transportation “slide” a new bridge into place.

A Day in the Life of an L.A. Graffiti Buster

Larry, a 20-year crew member of L.A.'s graffiti removal team, will never be out of a job.

How the Discovery of Thousands of Hoarded Maps Transformed L.A.'s Public Library

One man's lifelong collection doubled the institution's map holdings in a day.

The Laws That Shape Washington, D.C.'s Sidewalks

For instance, there's a reason why the city has so many tree-lined streets.

The Cowboys of Compton

"You're going to be a gangbanger or you're going to be a cowboy. You can't be both."

A Novel Solution to Public Urination: Walls That Splash Pee Right Back at You

Hamburg's St. Pauli nightlife quarter deals with more than its fair share of rogue urinators. Residents there are hoping liquid-resistant paint will help.

China's Surprise Viral Hit: An Environmental Documentary

A film criticizing Beijing's pollution record has logged millions of views, and the government now appears to be acknowledging its failures to implement reforms.

John Oliver's Solution to America's Infrastructure Crisis

On the latest episode of Last Week Tonight, the host suggests Hollywood might be able to help.

These Short Films Praise Aimless Travel

One "wanderer" finds beauty in unplanned adventures.

How Suburbanization Was Sold

Early 1960s archival films reveal the origins of the idealized "American Dream."

Drones Are Getting in on the Building-Demolition Game

But their presence during implosions is making some people unhappy.

Blowing Up What 'Success' Means in Inner-City Education Reform

The new documentary Southeast 67 tracks 67 kids from Southeast D.C. who were granted college scholarships in the 1990s.

Manhole Performs a Brutal Takedown on a Car

It's the back tire that'll get ya.

'Hotel 22': Silicon Valley's All-Night Rolling Homeless Shelter

Filmmaker Elizabeth Lo's new short offers an up-close look at how public buses help the homeless survive in one of America's wealthiest counties.

Why Are Londoners Texting with an Inanimate Signpost?

Some are even asking the (surprisingly jerkish) signpost for a date.

An Oscars-Weekend Reminder to Be Good to Your Neighbors

Remembering the Academy Award-winning work of Norman McLaren, whose 1952 commentary on suburbia still resonates.

When the Sidewalks Were Wider Than the Streets

Compare footage of New York's 23rd Street, shot by Thomas Edison in 1901, to today.