History

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Visualizing London's Evolution From Roman Times to Today

An animation built with georeferenced records of the city's historic road network.

If You Love Street Photography, This New Documentary Is a Must-See

Vivian Maier took thousands of riveting pictures of urban life. But she died without ever showing anyone.

A Brief, and Disgusting, History of 'Ratzillas'

An uber-rodent recently found in a Swedish kitchen is not the first humongous rat to horrify the world.

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Bill Cunningham's Playful Photographs of 1970s New York

A new exhibit shows the photographer's ability to link fashion with architecture during an especially turbulent time in the city's history.

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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.

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Now You Can Experience the Nasty Stench of Cities Throughout History

Sniffing around a new Bay Area exhibit devoted to the smells of places from the modern day to the Middle Ages.

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Why Chicago Wants to Turn a Struggling Neighborhood Into a National Park

Officials want to turn Pullman, America's first company town, into a historic hotspot for tourists. Will they come?

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

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

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The Forgotten History of How Cities Almost Killed the Common Squirrel

At last, historians have charted the great "squirrel experiments" of the 1800s, which saved the humble creature from urban extinction.

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Biking in New York in 1897 Was a Dangerous Pursuit

A dreary chronicle of a month's worth of accidents.

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It's Time for California to Fund High-Speed Rail Itself

A recent court ruling demands a clear plan to pay for the line — likely one that doesn't involve federal money.

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Your Baseball Team's Genealogy, in One Incredible Infographic

There's a good chance the team you cheer started in a different city with a different name.

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Reality Check: Cars Didn't Save Our Cities From Being Buried in Horse Manure

An increasingly relevant history lesson.

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Dallas, 1963: 'City of Hate'?

In the wake of the Kennedy assassination, Dallas was reviled as a hotbed for right wing agitators. Was the reputation deserved?

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The Places That Defined JFK's Assassination, Then and Now

One photographer lines up images of Dallas on its darkest day with his own photographs from today.

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Saved From Demolition: The Cleveland House Where Langston Hughes Became a Writer

A teenaged Hughes rented an attic room, where he cooked himself hot dogs and rice and wrote for his high school literary magazine.

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From Fort Sumter to Ellis Island, a Photo Tour of America's Closed National Monuments

From Fort Sumter to Ellis Island, photos are pouring in of America's shuttered national monuments.

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The Moscow Metro Is Like a Gorgeous Russian History Museum

The stations, built as a testament to Stalinism, offer marble walls, high ceilings, stained glass, mosaics and chandeliers.

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On Transportation's 'History of Dividing Us'

For the March on Washington anniversary, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx has written about the role of transportation in civil rights, both good and bad.