Megacities Are Growing So Fast We Need Satellites To Study Them

It's difficult to track the growth of cities across multiple countries in a consistent way—especially considering tools like satellite imagery have only been around for a few decades. But this week, the World Bank Group released the results of an unprecedented, decade-long analysis of one of the world's most… » 1/29/15 10:50am Thursday 10:50am

Astrophysicists Find That Cities Grow Just Like Galaxies 

We've all looked out at the night sky and wondered at how much the stars look like strings of cities. But there's more than a passing resemblance—according to a team of astrophysicists who compared the two, there's a much deeper connection at work. We aren't just made of stars, we act like them too. » 1/20/15 9:42am 1/20/15 9:42am

37 Rare and Beautiful Images of the NYC Subway in the 1980s

When most people think of the subway in the 1980s, they think of scary things. A few years ago The New York Times likened the state of the city to "a house of horrors." But as a newly published set of nearly 500 photos show, New York City's underground wasn't always so horrific. It's bizarrely beautiful in all its… » 1/19/15 9:00am 1/19/15 9:00am

Paris as a Green and Sustainable Future City Is Even More Beautiful

Paris is one of the world's most beautiful cities, with its landmarks, parks and the cobbled roads of Montmarte the envy of the world. Architectural progress can sometimes meet opposition when a city's iconic sights and historic look is challenged, but architects Vincent Callebaut's vision of a green, sustainable… » 1/19/15 7:15am 1/19/15 7:15am

Williamsburg Brooklyn Is Getting a Luxury Microtel Because Hipsters

Williamsburg is filled with hip restaurants, hip boutiques, hip bars, and hipsters. But if you don't live there, there aren't really any hotel options in the increasingly popular and overpriced Brooklyn neighborhood. Tourists don't want stay in Manhattan and cross the East River for their artisanal cheese needs.… » 1/15/15 4:25pm 1/15/15 4:25pm

The Alaskan Town Living Under One Roof

An impossibly long, single-lane tunnel is your only way into Whittier, and your only way out. Make it to the other end of those dimly lit miles, and you'll find all the ingredients of a city. Except instead of a sprawling, urban center, this town has been scaled to fit almost entirely into one lonely Alaskan tower. » 1/15/15 10:00am 1/15/15 10:00am

Who Needs a Weatherman? These Buildings Tell You the Forecast 

It has never been easier to get updates on the weather. If you have a smartphone, a few taps will pull up forecasts quicker than you can say "colder than a witch's tit" three times fast. Technology! But there's a much older, low-tech option for figuring out whether to bust out the umbrella, and it's still on display… » 1/07/15 9:01am 1/07/15 9:01am

A New Glimpse Into the Gigantic Construction Project Hidden Below NYC

What do you want to be when you grow up? A baseball player? A doctor? A blogger (LOL)? How about a badass who carves caves through the Earth to improve the lives of millions in America's greatest city? That sounds pretty heroic. And right now, hundreds of hard hat-wearing workers are tackling that grand task » 12/18/14 2:53pm 12/18/14 2:53pm

There are more city dwellers living in poverty today than in 1970

If asked, most of us would say that our cities are healthier today than they were in 1970. But a new report from City Observatory and featured on Next City contradict that lazy assumption—showing how even more people live below the poverty line in cities than did 45 years ago. » 12/10/14 10:32am 12/10/14 10:32am