Hipsters, Hipsters, and Hipsters: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Maybe it's the time of year. Maybe it's the weather? But people are extra cranky this week about fixie bikes and craft brews invading their cities. There's a definite anti-hipster vibe in the air, and it's global, from Portland, to Los Angeles, to London, to Iceland. What's Ruining Our Cities? HIPSTERS. » 9/21/14 2:00pm 9/21/14 2:00pm

Can Portland Fix a Building That Pretty Much Everyone Despises?

It's basically a Portlandia sketch: What if a city held a rally to save a building in trouble and no one came? As part of our series Preservation Battle, we look at significant structures at a crossroads, and today we're examining Portland, Oregon's very-endangered—yet almost-universally-hated—Portland Building. » 1/31/14 1:40pm 1/31/14 1:40pm

The Ace Hotel's Founder Left Behind a Legacy of Building Neighborhoods

Last Friday, Ace Hotel founder Alex Calderwood was found dead in London, where the chain had just opened its fifth location. He's being remembered today as a design visionary, the leader of a cultural phenomenon. But his role was also that of a city-builder, reaching far outside hotel walls to build community and… » 11/18/13 4:20pm 11/18/13 4:20pm

The Best U.S. Cities for People 35 and Under (Based On What They Like)

While there are thousands of "best places to live" lists, hardly any of them focus on the world's most important population segment: Americans under 35. The Livability Index, compiled by Vocativ, a new Vice-esque site, measures cities in the only ways that really matter: from the percentage of young people, to the… » 11/07/13 6:00pm 11/07/13 6:00pm

An Up Close Look at the East Coast Google Mystery Barge

The Google mystery barges docked near San Francisco and Portland, Maine are getting even more mysterious. We've seen the barge and heard the arguments about what's inside. But news that the search giant is making government officials keep their mouths shut about them—that takes it to the next level. » 10/30/13 10:53am 10/30/13 10:53am

Is Google's Mysterious Barge Actually a Floating Glass Store?

After an odd but engrossing CNET story last week, everybody's wondering what the strange barge with ties to Google is doing docked near San Francisco. At first, it looked like the 250-foot-long structure was a next generation data center in-the-making, but CBS and CNET sources now say it's a floating Google Glass… » 10/28/13 12:30pm 10/28/13 12:30pm