Why Smooth Surfaces Make Your City Sizzle in Summer

It's not just you, city-dwellers. Urban areas actually do get noticeably hotter than the rural areas around them, and that's especially problematic in summertime. Why does that happen? Well, a new study says it all has to do with the aerodynamic shape of your city. In other words, the smoother your skyline, the… » 7/10/14 12:40pm Thursday 12:40pm

How Hot Your City Could Be By 2100 If Climate Change Goes Unchecked

It's a sorry truth that hits you mid-July: Average summer temperatures have been rising since the 1970s. If we continue down this path, according to a new study by Climate Central, in 2100, summers in Boston will feel more like sticky Miami—and summers in Miami will feel like toasty Harlingen, Texas. » 7/09/14 6:00pm Wednesday 6:00pm

A Museum Inspired By Oozing Oil Will Cross Over L.A.'s Busiest Street

Last month, Swiss architect Peter Zumthor revised the design for a new building on L.A.'s Los Angeles County Museum of Art campus after scientists claimed his proposal would damage the adjacent La Brea Tar Pits. Now he's revealed the first model of the new design: an ink blot that spans Wilshire Boulevard. » 7/08/14 7:20pm Tuesday 7:20pm

Gas Prices, Hurricanes, Bike Porn: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

A hurricane is poised to ruin the Atlantic Seaboard's barbecues this weekend. Gas prices might ruin the rest of the country's road trips. And over in Madrid, some, ahem, questionable images are ruining the city's brand-new bike share kiosks. It's What's Ruining Our Cities. Happy Independence Day. » 7/04/14 3:00pm 7/04/14 3:00pm

The Best Fireworks in NYC Might Be This Beloved Illegal Display

Sure, there will be big, corporate-sponsored firework displays tonight in New York City, but the most entertaining show might be found in a neighborhood on the far northwestern tip of Manhattan. A documentary has been made to capture this dramatic display that pits block against block in the ultimate pyrotechnic… » 7/04/14 12:00pm 7/04/14 12:00pm

Watch How American Cities Grew Through Thousands of Historic Maps

Good thing it's almost the holiday weekend and you don't need to be productive because the USGS just launched a heck of a time-wasting website. Now you can explore cities through beautiful old maps, some dating all the way back to 1884. But here's the best part: You can mix and match many maps to tell your own… » 7/02/14 6:00pm 7/02/14 6:00pm

A Gas Station Frank Lloyd Wright Designed 87 Years Ago Is Now Finished

In 1927, acclaimed architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed a gas station for Buffalo, New York, envisioning a gleaming center of commerce and social interaction for the bustling industrial city. Almost 90 years later, the structure has finally been completed—in the lobby of an automobile museum. » 7/02/14 1:00pm 7/02/14 1:00pm

Inside the Secret Building That's Bringing Cell Service To NYC's Subway

As Hurricane Sandy revealed almost two years ago, New York's 100-year-old subway is not a modern and robust system. In fact, compared to other cities, it's downright dirty, unpredictable and technologically behind. But the Metro Transit Authority is currently dragging it into the future—and I got the chance to go… » 7/01/14 2:00pm 7/01/14 2:00pm