Videos

The American Heroes of St. Louis’s Gateway Arch

Monument to the Dream gives the construction workers behind an American design icon their proper due.

An Action-Packed Guide to Houston’s Public Services

Before the law finally came down on him, an infamous Harris County commissioner proudly explained how he was spending taxpayer funds.

Life in a 1960s ‘Averagetown’

According to David Brinkley and a supercomputer, Salem, New Jersey, was the most typical place in America leading up to Lyndon Johnson’s reelection.

A 1990s Preview of a ‘Gateway’ for Cleveland

A local celebrity, dark backgrounds, smooth jazz, and a mysterious set of eyes surely sold the region’s corporate class on what’s now known as “The Q.”

A Musical Escape From Late-Apartheid Johannesburg

In the 1980s, the South African band Umoja made upbeat pop hits under the watchful eye of the South Africa Broadcast Corporation. It’s impossible not to love “Money, Money.”

‘This Tube Was Made for You and Me’

In 1966, the opening of Montreal’s rapid transit service was welcomed with a TV show and a song that praised the mayor who helped bring it to life.

A Loving Glimpse of an Aging Concrete Utopia

A new documentary charts the recent history of Basildon, one of Britain’s first post-war new towns.

Aerial view of abandoned, unfinished homes in a barren landscape.

A Drone's Eye View of Spain's Housing Bubble

“We need to remember these places, what we did here and what we should learn for the future,” says photographer Markel Redondo. “We need to know that these buildings are still there.”

Police chief Peter Volkmann of Chatham, New York, where a sharp rise in opioid deaths spurred a unique approach to community policing.

How One Small Town Ended Its Drug War

In tiny Chatham, New York, police chief Peter Volkmann turned the town’s cops into drug treatment counselors.

It's Google Street View, but with a dose of cuteness.

Take a Virtual Tour of Japan With 3 Very Good Boys

Three Akita dogs guide you through their home city of Odate on Google Street View.

Super Kind, Metro Los Angeles' new etiqutte superhero.

Los Angeles Gets the Transit Etiquette Superhero It Needs

Metro’s manners campaign features a monster-battling Japanese pop star.

The 560-foot-tall Juche Tower in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Seeing Pyongyang in 360 Degrees

A photographer in a microlight aircraft shot 360-degree video over the secretive North Korean capital.

Eero Saarinen looks over an architectural model with Kevin Roche in their Michigan office.

Learning About Starchitects Through Their Offspring

In an emerging subgenre of architectural documentary, Nathaniel Kahn, Tomas Koolhaas, and Eric Saarinen take a personal look at their mythologized fathers.

Jessy Lanza singing in front of the George Robinson Bandshell in Hamilton, Ontario.

Groove Out to the Modest Charms of Hamilton, Ontario

Jessy Lanza’s music videos embrace the genericness of her Rust Belt hometown.

Montreal's Expo 67 Lives On (In Music Video Form)

Thanks to some tricky editing, the Canadian dream pop band Alvvays gets a gig at the legendary World’s Fair

Moshe Safdie speaking outside in Jerusalem.

When a Young Moshe Safdie Took On the Old City

In a 1973 documentary, the then-35-year-old architect muses over how to build in Jerusalem without sacrificing its heritage.

Meet the YouTuber Acidly Satirizing the 'War on Cars'

“Where is Robert Moses when you need him?”

5 Ways to Seriously Battle Traffic

So long as cars are among us, road pricing, ramp meters, and diamond-shaped intersections can mitigate horrendous commutes, a new video explains.

Citi Bikes are pictured.

A Stark Comparison of Parking Vs. Bike-Share Spaces

Watch New Yorkers swarm a Citi Bike station like mad ants while cars sit virtually idle across the street.

A cycling superhighway connects Arnhem and Nijmegen in the Netherlands.

Cruising a Superhighway Built for Bikes

Leave it to the Dutch to engineer the psychology of the regional bike commute.