Sorry Tesla, Electric Cars of the Future Will Be More Like Golf Carts

Contrary to what the news cycle pounds into our brains, the electric car conversation does not begin and end with Elon Musk. There’s a more affordable and more relevant urban mobility solution than Tesla. I’m talking about the humble golf cart, which is already well on its way to ruling the world. » 5/23/15 2:00pm Saturday 2:00pm

This Insane Luxury Hotel Will Transform Mecca into Disneyland

Mecca—the ancient holy city that’s been the site of Islamic pilgrimages for millennia—is being turned into Disneyland. Helping complete its transformation? This 2,000 foot-tall hotel, which will tower over the city like a desert fortress on steroids, projecting a dazzling green laser show at night. » 5/23/15 10:00am Saturday 10:00am

Here Are 40,000 Photos Of Old New York Plotted on a City Map

Hope you’ve already checked out of work on this pre-Memorial Day Friday because this site might eat your long weekend for breakfast. Over 40,000 vintage photos of New York City from the New York Public Library archives have been geotagged to a Google Map, letting you click right through history on every street corner. » 5/22/15 3:48pm Friday 3:48pm

America's Trains Suck Because Most Americans Don't Ride Them

Last week’s horrific Amtrak crash surfaced new concerns about the US’s neglect of its rail infrastructure, with blame falling on Congress for failing to allocate enough money to upgrade the system for safety. The truth is that trains would be the safest way to travel in this country—if more Americans embraced a future… » 5/21/15 5:10pm Thursday 5:10pm

The Meticulous Engineering Behind Your Neighbor's Fake Lawn

As the drought in Southern California continues for a fourth punishing year, depleting groundwater reserves and demanding large-scale restrictions on usage, residents are regularly forced to confront the more unsustainable aspects of contemporary American life. For many, that means swapping their natural lawn for a… » 5/15/15 1:30pm 5/15/15 1:30pm

Learning From Australia's Drought Lessons to Avoid a Mad Max Future

The drought is no longer a California problem. The Colorado River, which supplies water to one-eighth of the country’s population, is reporting record low water levels due to overallocation. The US needs a little perspective when it comes to how bad this is going to get. Luckily we have one: Australia. » 5/15/15 12:00pm 5/15/15 12:00pm

Long Beach Is Rethinking Its Taxis to Be More Like Ubers

Cities are doing a lot of hemming and hawing when it comes to the rideshare apps that are devouring their taxi businesses. In one of the more progressive moves, the Southern California city of Long Beach is revamping its taxi fleet with a big design and tech upgrade so they can tackle these startups head on. » 5/14/15 3:15pm 5/14/15 3:15pm

How Can I Get This Horse-Powered Garbage Truck To My Neighborhood?

I had just decided that the sanitation trucks which come rumbling down my street at dawn—spewing diesel, making my house shudder, flinging the occasional recycling bin across the street with their robot arms—are a necessary nuisance for a city dweller. Until I saw this trash collection service that uses horse-drawn… » 5/13/15 3:16pm 5/13/15 3:16pm

How Technology Can Help Cities Make Better Use of Storm Water

More than half the world’s population lives in metropolitan centers. The built environment of a city is very different from that of rural and natural areas. When it rains over a rural landscape, much of the rainwater sinks into the ground or is evaporated or transpirated by trees, crops and other plants. » 5/13/15 3:30am 5/13/15 3:30am

9 Designs That Could Finally Replace New Zealand's Controversial Flag

When New Zealand first raised its current flag, the design deferred to its United Kingdom rulers and bore a striking resemblance to another British colony next door. 100 years later, New Zealand is a diverse, sovereign nation which would also very much like to visually differentiate itself from the Aussies. So New… » 5/12/15 5:00pm 5/12/15 5:00pm