CityLab shares its favorite videos—old and new, serious and nutty—that tell a story about place.
In 1945, Portland made a short film celebrating the low-rise, landscaped Columbia Villa, a public-housing project for white Portlanders.
In 1987, the Maryland Transit Administration busted out a brass band to open a subway that never had a chance.
As this 1958 Charles and Ray Eames film shows, Dulles was truly designed for modern air travel.
The late architect and planner had some very big ideas for Oklahoma City in the 1960s. But the final result wasn’t exactly what he had in mind.
At a Toronto station that fed fans into the city’s hockey arena, a 1985 mural that depicted the Maple Leafs’ biggest rival enraged team owner Harold Ballard.
The original vision for the Buffalo’s failed car-free-zone downtown was always a fantasy, as this TV spot shows.
Philadelphia’s “Move Closer To Your World” has some new fans this week, thanks to a viral video.
John Massey’s minimalist designs are back on State Street in the Loop for the rest of August.
As seen in this 1968 newsreel, not even Elizabeth II’s odd, feathered hat could enliven the modern transit hub at its grand opening.
A 1970 film celebrates the construction of Thamesmead, the largest housing project development in the city’s history.
A clip charting the redevelopment of the city of Aylesbury shows its age.
“In My Feelings” surfaces the places where you can find a good po’ boy. That’s great for the tourist, but doesn’t mean so much for the people and cultures that define the soul of the city.
Just before the transit service began, locals saw this short film on television and movie screens across the city.
In the 1970s, one local high-school girl went to some of the loudest parts of the city to see just how bad the problem was.
Transit workers and passengers share their insights on the growing system in its early years.
Three decades after the beloved New York artist visited a school in Melbourne, the mural he made has finally been conserved after significant decay.
Credits for the 1957 CBS airing of The Day Called ‘X’ list the cast as “the people of the city of Portland, Oregon.” City officials, including the mayor, got lead roles.
The authors of an upcoming book on the nation’s most threatened buildings have a dramatic short film that makes a case for preservation.
In a short 1950s comedy, a small group of grumpy natives celebrate awful customer service in the hopes of keeping Americans away.
A love for cars among today’s middle-aged Muscovites surely traces back to this song from their teen years.
Monument to the Dream gives the construction workers behind an American design icon their proper due.