Madrid

People walk down a street full of outdoor dining tables

The City That Cannot Sleep

Across Spain, 12 million residents are exposed to excessive noise. In Madrid, residents, lawyers, and officials want everyone to zip it.  

Tapas and beers are served at a restaurant in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain

What We Got Wrong About Spanish Lunch Breaks

In Spain, time is complicated.

When Cleaner Air Is Just a Fluke

Madrid has taken several steps to address its brown cloud, but that’s not the main reason air pollution decreased last year.

Madrid Wants Its Seniors to Find Roommates

To cut loneliness and costs, the Spanish capital region wants older citizens to move in together.

Madrid's Christmas Present to Itself: A Car Ban

The city center will be nearly car-free for nine days.

4 Major Cities Agree to Ban Diesel Vehicles

They hope to reduce the roughly 3 million yearly deaths tied to outdoor air pollution.

Cities Have Been Trying to Curb Dog Poop for Centuries

Excrement: messing up city streets since the 1800s.

Madrid's Bike Network Will Get a Major Expansion in 2016

The €40 million initiative is the city’s latest effort to reduce its heavy pollution.

The 'Apocalyptic Sublime' of Spain's Surreal Landscapes

Ashen borax fields, abandoned urban developments, and more from photographer David Maisel.

Madrid's Bold New Pollution Plan: Ban Cars and Make Transit Free

The Spanish capital wants to impose some pretty drastic measures when air quality is especially bad.

A New Campaign Takes Aim at New York's Growing Chain Stores

#SaveNYC was inspired by a similar effort to help local businesses in London, but it also has detractors.

The Biggest Transportation Breakthroughs of 2014

From driverless cars to safety initiatives, it was quite a year for advancements in mobility.

Madrid's Mayor Wants to Ban City Center Protests

Ana Botella says demonstrations like the ones over the weekend are a detriment to the city's image.

Protesters Use Sex Dolls to Rally Against Spain's Anti-Abortion Law

Say hello to one of the creepiest pieces of public art in recent history.

Intricate Dioramas of Some of the World's Most Famous Skylines

Reconstructing the landscapes in amazing, large-scale detail.

In Madrid, Street Performers Worry They'll Be Regulated Out of Existence

New rules limiting busking have not gone over well at all with the city's struggling arts community.

Madrid's Big Plan to Swear Off Cars

The city's new master plan lays out a sharp turn back toward a pedestrian- and bike-friendly city.

Madrid's Streets Are Covered in Garbage

The city's 6,000 cleaners have been on strike for more than a week. That's bad news for anyone who wants to walk outside.

Welcome to Madrid! Here's a Long List of Things You're Not Allowed to Do

Spain's capital is banning everything from dangerous rollerblading to jumping in a fountain.

An Amazingly Precise New Tool to Measure Roadway Pollution

Five percent of vehicles are responsible for 90 percent of toxic emissions. Now we can figure out who the culprits are.