Here's How Much America's Infrastructure Is Worth Compared to Other Countries

Americans tend to think of the US as a leader in building–while simultaneously worrying over the state of its crumbling infrastructure. So when it’s compared dollar-to-dollar to the rest of the world, how much are our skyscrapers, highways, airports, and factories really worth? »10/29/15 12:40pm10/29/15 12:40pm

The Port of LA's Big Tech Upgrade Worked So Well It's Hitting Its 2023 Emissions Goals

If you live in the US, most of the imported goods in your possession have traveled through the Port of Los Angeles, one of the largest ports in the world, and now, one of the biggest environmental success stories on the planet. A new study shows that due to major upgrades started a decade ago, the port is almost 10… »10/05/15 7:00pm10/05/15 7:00pm

The World's Largest Artificial Wave Generator Will Help Us Build Storm-Proof Cities

Next week, an unassuming canal in Delft will start shooting waves 15 feet into the air. And I’m sorry to say the surfers will have to sit this one out, because the Delta Flume wave machine was built for a higher purpose. Namely, destroying dikes and seawalls to figure out how the heck our coastal cities are going to… »10/02/15 3:20pm10/02/15 3:20pm

Philly's Preparations for Pope Francis are Like a Dry Run for the Apocalypse

This weekend, Pope Francis’s historic trip to Philadelphia is expected to draw 1.5 million visitors into the city — literally doubling our population overnight. While most Philadelphians (myself included) are excited to be part of the hullabaloo, one can’t help but notice how His Holiness’s imminent arrival is turning… »9/25/15 2:15pm9/25/15 2:15pm

A Simple Map Shows Just How Shitty the NYC Subway System Is For People Using Wheelchairs 

It’s hard enough for most of us to get to work on time using the subway—but imagine if you only had access to 25 percent of stations. That’s the reality for wheelchair users in New York, for whom getting around the city is sometimes a near-impossible task. [CORRECTION] »9/24/15 7:30pm9/24/15 7:30pm

5 European Countries Have Built Border Fences to Keep Out Refugees

Over the last few weeks, hastily erected razor-wire fences have made headlines as they’ve appeared along Hungary’s border to keep out refugees fleeing war-torn countries. But this is actually not a new phenomenon: At least four more European countries have built fences in the last few years in a heightened effort to… »9/16/15 8:15pm9/16/15 8:15pm