America’s lagged behind Europe and Asia for decades on developing high-speed rail. Now, one of the States’ two most promising HSR plans—building a Japanese bullet train in Texas—is facing more opposition than ever. State officials just sent a letter complaining about the project to the Japanese ambassador.
The Subway, the El, the Tube, the Métro: Trains have been transporting humans around cities since 1863. But too many public transit systems still run like they’re stuck in the 19th century. That needs to change.
It’s Space City versus the Second City: According to new reports, massive job growth in Houston will soon propel it above Chicago in US rankings for biggest population.
To create the perfect Sports Illustrated spread for Houston Rockets star James “The Beard” Harden, photographer Robert Seale decided to double the beauty of the NBA player’s home-team skyline by using a huge piece of Plexiglas to create a mirrored effect.
I can't begin to imagine the terror of this man trapped on a top floor terrace of a building on a 5 alarm fire. Thankfully, Houston's firefighters were able to rescue him on time.
Imagine a football stadium that was so technologically game-changing that it became the model for all future sporting venues ever built. Until it was suddenly abandoned 15 years ago. As part of our series Preservation Battle, we look at significant buildings on the brink of demise—where you've been able to find…
Martin Luther King's 1956 tips for riding integrated buses, examining how design has helped an Alabama county, building instant cities in Accra and instant skyscrapers in Mumbai, and how two New York architects are tearing down the work of their former friends. It's all this week in our favorite Urban Reads.
An emergency clean-up crew was dispatched to a full-size replica of the Space Shuttle Independence in Houston earlier this morning after some miscreants covered it in graffiti. "Houston We ARE the Problem" is almost a political statement, sure—but vandalizing a national treasure with racial slurs? That's a serious…
When the Houston Astrodome opened in 1965, it was hailed as technological marvel, the first enclosed, air-conditioned stadium ever—and the "eighth wonder of the world," according to some Texans. By 1995, it was so dilapidated that players refused to use it. Today, it’s an abandoned shell with a different nickname:…
Airports? Please. Those are soooo 20th century. The new millennium is all about spaceports, and if they look half as cool as these concept renderings for a possible Houston Spaceport, then we'll be traveling to the stars in style.
Someone might want to check on Jerry Jones because the Houston Texans are about to take a title the Cowboys have held since 2009. This Sunday, the Texans will unveil the biggest jumbotron in the NFL.
Last night in Peachtree City, Georgia, I got to sit in the backseat of a VW Phaeton—the cheapest Bentley I've ever seen—for the first time. That pleased my inner automotive cheapskate. We served pizza and beers to Jalopnik and Gizmodo readers, showed clips from our new TV show, and debated the future legality of…
Here's food for thought: Some cities are considerably more densely populated than others. Imagine packing all 6.9 billion people in the world into a city you know. How much space would that megacity take up?
Houston police officer Mike Hamby is facing some serious What the hell, man questioning from his colleagues after attacking a rival team during a rodeo BBQ competition. Stop and process that sentence. Nobody knows why Hamby loosed the attack, either.