Protests, Slums, Bass Pro Shops: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Protesters are shutting down freeways, bridges, and tunnels across the U.S. The country's largest shantytown is being dismantled in the heart of Silicon Valley. And a proposal from a famous outdoor retailer could threaten Memphis's strangest landmark. It's What's Ruining Our Cities this week. » 12/07/14 3:00pm 12/07/14 3:00pm

Poop, Giant Snails, Men's Legs: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Mapping human poo in San Francisco. Tracking stinky snails in Florida. And coming up with a way to tell men that if they could just learn to close their legs, please, the NYC subway would suck so much less for everyone. Be forewarned, it's kind of a gross edition of What's Ruining Our Cities. » 11/23/14 2:00pm 11/23/14 2:00pm

Junk Food, Water Thieves, Blue Laws: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

A plan to get the Navajo Nation healthy will mean taxing Snickers and Pringles. The California drought has a new enemy: Water thieves. And did you know that you can get a DUI while on horseback in Colorado? It's all this week in What's Ruining Our Cities. » 11/16/14 3:00pm 11/16/14 3:00pm

Speed Limits, Skybridges, Paint: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

New York City takes a big step to save lives on the streets, but not everyone wants to slow down. And Twitter's proposing a way to keep its employees separated from the regular people of San Francisco, at least while they're at work. It's What's Ruining Our Cities! » 11/09/14 12:00pm 11/09/14 12:00pm

Baseball, Lava, Street Harassment: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

A video on street harassment sparks an online debate. Fiery lava is slowly encroaching upon a town in Hawaii. And winning the World Series is always a great excuse to burn down a neighborhood. It's a hot list in this week's What's Ruining Our Cities. » 11/02/14 4:30pm 11/02/14 4:30pm

Butt Plugs, High Rent, Horses: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

A giant sex toy is enraging Paris, high rents are challenging Brooklyn's churches, and one mayoral candidate has a rather interesting idea for tackling Oakland's transportation crisis. It's What's Ruining Our Cities! » 10/26/14 2:20pm 10/26/14 2:20pm

Brunch, Laser Balls, Columbus Day: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Columbus Day has been ruining America for a few decades now, but a few cities are finally doing something about it. A sunlight-refracting silver orb is being removed in Calgary after burning a hole in someone's jacket. And someone says that brunch is turning our neighbors into assholes. It's What's Ruining Our Cities! » 10/12/14 3:00pm 10/12/14 3:00pm

Drought, Startup Money, Poop: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

California's drought news gets worse (despite this funny PSA). The plan to revitalize downtown Vegas stumbles (but could still work, with better direction). And someone smeared feces all over New York City's bikeshare (for real). It's What's Ruining Our Citi (Bike) and more. » 10/05/14 2:00pm 10/05/14 2:00pm

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

Flooding, Anti-Vaxxers, Museums: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Flooding in Pakistan has stranded hundreds of thousands of people, an anti-vaccination movement trending in L.A.'s most affluent neighborhoods is causing a whooping cough epidemic, and one broken air conditioner could destroy Rome's most priceless art. Hope you're comfortable, this week's What's Ruining Our Cities is… » 9/14/14 3:00pm 9/14/14 3:00pm

Fatbergs, Naked Tourists, Bedbugs: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Summer's almost over but that doesn't mean we can't have one last warm-weather, city-ruining hurrah. Let's check out some exhibitionist visitors to Barcelona, unwelcome new passengers on the NYC subway, and an airplane-sized mass of congealed fat moving under London. What's Ruining Our Cities? These guys are. » 9/07/14 2:00pm 9/07/14 2:00pm

Rain, Architecture, Budweiser: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Why let all the big cities have all the gentrification, design battles, and corporate takeovers? This week we focus on the towns—including a famous temporary one in the desert, population 50,000. It's a small-city edition of What's Ruining Our Cities. » 8/31/14 2:00pm 8/31/14 2:00pm

Water Slides, Preservation, Ebola: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Los Angeles ponders the ethics of slip-and-sliding in a drought. UNESCO is being blamed for killing the cities it protects. Ebola is slowly decimating village by village in Africa. It's this week's look at What's Ruining Our Cities. » 8/24/14 2:00pm 8/24/14 2:00pm

The Century-Old Urban Policy That Divides St. Louis

Those of us who grew up in St. Louis have a pretty cool parlor trick we can perform for you. We can basically predict the conversation that will occur, word-for-word, when we meet another person who grew up in St. Louis. Here is the first question we will ask each other: "What high school did you go to?" » 8/17/14 2:00pm 8/17/14 2:00pm

Toxic Algae, Razor Blades, Olympics: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Lake Erie turned an eerie shade of green due to a toxic algae bloom, steering Toledo away from the taps. Someone putting razor blades in parking meters is making New Jersey residents wary. And 10 years later, poor Athens is still paying the price for hosting the Olympics. It's What's Ruining Our Cities. » 8/10/14 2:00pm 8/10/14 2:00pm

Floods, Rats, and Dominoes: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Biblical floods swept through L.A. thanks to a water main break. Rats are overrunning Paris. And games—those dangerous diversions!—are being outlawed Seville, Spain. Hmm, does this sound like the end of days to anyone else? It's a Revelations-themed look at What's Ruining Our Cities! » 8/03/14 3:00pm 8/03/14 3:00pm

Poor Doors, Hot Trains, Old Ads: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

It's hot pretty much everywhere and everyone's in a horrible mood. Which means there is plenty of ruining of cities to be had—so much so, that I've had to double up on this week's selections. From a plan to plunge Russia into darkness, to a steamy, sweaty Tube in London, it's What's Ruining Our Cities: The Dog Days of… » 7/27/14 4:00pm 7/27/14 4:00pm

Anti-Homeless Laws and @HiddenCash: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Legislation that criminalizes the homeless in Maine. A report that recommends bulldozing a fifth of Detroit. And treasure hunters digging up a California park. Plus an update: One man's plan to ruin an entire state by carving it up WITH LIES. It's What's Ruining Our Cities. » 7/20/14 2:00pm 7/20/14 2:00pm

Murders, Tsunamis, Bus Singing: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Why were so many people shot in Chicago last weekend? Does today's earthquake in Japan mean another Fukushima meltdown? And why does Winnipeg want to fine people $100 for singing in public? These are the questions we address in this week's edition of What's Ruining Our Cities. » 7/11/14 7:40pm 7/11/14 7:40pm

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