The Reason Your City Can't Have Fast Internet Access 

Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission voted to ease the way for cities to become Internet service providers. So-called municipal broadband is already a reality in a few towns, often providing Internet access and faster service to rural communities that cable companies don’t serve. » 6/26/15 5:30pm 6/26/15 5:30pm

New York City Is Very Pissed About Verizon's Failed FiOS Rollout

If you live in New York City, you most likely don’t have access to Verizon’s very 21st-century fiber optic internet service, FiOS. And you should be because Verizon told the city in a contract that it would deliver fiber to every household by 2014. As of today 75-percent of New York City is still without FiOS. » 6/18/15 10:45am 6/18/15 10:45am

Eerie Images of America's Abandoned Amusement Parks Will Haunt You

Certain parts of the U.S. have teetered into decline. Places designed to bring joy are now rotting quietly, wrapped in weeds. Seph Lawless, an artist and chronicler of all things ruin-related, recently visited several of these abandoned amusement parks. He returned with some pretty creepy pictures. We’ve got a gallery. » 6/16/15 3:00pm 6/16/15 3:00pm

Extremely Bad Reasons Why Waterless Urinals Were Illegal

We take it for granted that urinals flush. With each pull of the lever, gallons of clean water come to whisk away a few ounces of pee. If you think about it, it’s actually pretty wasteful, and the current drought is convincing facilities to consider waterless urinals. But these waterless bathroom contraptions have had… » 6/12/15 3:35pm 6/12/15 3:35pm

How States Use Inflated DOT Forecasts to Rationalize More Highways

Americans are simply not driving as much as they used to; most experts agree we hit “peak car.” But that’s not the story according to the Department of Transportation’s forecasts, which year after year show skyrocketing demand for more roads—and year after year are proven wrong. Still, states use this data to fund… » 6/09/15 8:00pm 6/09/15 8:00pm

Even In Cities Where It Rains America's Water Infrastructure Is a Mess

It’s not just drought that can wreak havoc on water supply. Even cities with vast freshwater resources are facing urban water catastrophes. A massive initiative to repair the aging, mismanaged water infrastructure in the Great Lakes region is piloting six small attempts to fix a broken system. » 6/07/15 1:00pm 6/07/15 1:00pm

That Fancy New Solar Bike Path In Amsterdam Is Utter Bullshit

When it comes to ideas that feel good but fail when stupid old reality sets in, having solar panels on a road has to rank at the top if only for the enormous amount of public support. In Amsterdam, a company called SolaRoad (smart name, right?) doubled down and installed a solar bike path and ran it for six months.… » 6/02/15 2:45pm 6/02/15 2:45pm

The Best Tool for Tracking Our Crumbling Infrastructure Is In Orbit

The sad state of America’s bridges is a perennial topic amongst engineers and a regular talking point for politicians, all of whom have a plan to fix them. An interesting post from the European Space Agency shows how one of the best tools for repair is actually hanging out in Low Earth Orbit. » 5/18/15 11:00am 5/18/15 11:00am