Urban History

Watch Manhattan Grow Over a Century Like a Massive Pile of LEGOs

A computer-generated visualization shows the island sprouting buildings that eventually clump together in one great clot of concrete.

The Incredible History of San Francisco's Coast, as Seen From the Air

Blood-colored evaporation ponds, smoldering toxic-waste dumps, a rusting fleet of military ghost ships – the Bay Area has it all.

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The Uncomfortable Politics Behind the History of Urban Fires

A new book offers a sweeping look at how fire – and the way we’ve responded to and manipulated it – has shaped cities in every part of the world.