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 Thursday 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

The Best U.S. Cities for People 35 and Under

What do Americans under 35 look for in a place to live? According to Vocativ's 2014 Livability Index: Good public transportation, great food, and excellent entertainment options. Portland nabbed the top spot in last year's survey, but this year the winners are New York City (#1) and—surprise—a bunch of cities in… » 12/09/14 10:00am 12/09/14 10:00am

Sweeping New Olympic Rules Hope to Fix the Broken Games

With few cities willing to host them, the Olympics are in trouble. And with ongoing allegations of fraud and incompetence, the International Olympic Committee is in even more trouble. Today, the IOC approved dozens of new rules that attempt to address the expense and mismanagement of the Games. » 12/08/14 4:35pm 12/08/14 4:35pm

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

There Is No Such Thing As An Unbiased Map

Who knew that asking for directions to the Hollywood Sign could be such a complicated question? Well, it is. After writing recently that a group of residents have succeeded in effectively erasing the Hollywood Sign from Google Maps to lead tourists astray, I was floored by the response that came from every corner of… » 12/05/14 3:15pm 12/05/14 3:15pm

Zaha Hadid Has Designed the World's Worst Billboard

Well, here it is: the world's worst billboard. Not that billboards are ever, like, especially great. And that's why for the most part, cities don't put up new ones. Or commission one by an architect known for her tone-deaf hubris. It's like Zaha Hadid swept up some of the trash from her vagina stadium in Qatar and… » 12/04/14 7:45pm 12/04/14 7:45pm

The Port Authority Bus Terminal: Myth, Mystery, Mess

For many coming to New York City, the available entry is the Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT). However, if a traveler seeks the charm of a grand entrance, they will be greatly disappointed. The PABT is considered, colloquially, to be a hall of unfathomable nightmares. As one Yelp! reviewer put it: » 12/04/14 1:28pm 12/04/14 1:28pm

This Car and Bike Sharing App Picks The Best Transit Mode For Your Trip

There's one problem with many car and bike sharing programs: By the time you've decided where to go, you're already locked into a transportation mode. You're either waiting for a cab to pick you up, making your way to a kiosk of bikes, or unlocking a nearby ZipCar. What if you could tell an app what you needed to do… » 12/04/14 12:58pm 12/04/14 12:58pm

These City Maps Are Made Out of Razor Blades and Mirror Shards

Damien Hirst loves to play provocateur. The artist makes mosaics with pharmaceuticals and sculptures with taxidermy. Now, for his latest series of paintings, he's depicting cities in conflict. But look closer: What seem like innocent, black-and-white satellite images are crafted out of sharp, dangerous objects. » 11/26/14 9:00am 11/26/14 9:00am

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

Why People Keep Trying to Erase the Hollywood Sign From Google Maps

The Hollywood Sign might be one of the most recognizable things on Earth. In Los Angeles, it's also one of the most visible. You can see it from a plane as you glide into LAX. You can see it from a car as you drive up the 101 freeway. But a group of people who live near the sign are trying to hide it, even as it looms… » 11/21/14 1:42pm 11/21/14 1:42pm

7 Crosswalk Signals You Won't Mind Waiting For

Anything that brings more attention to pedestrians is good for cities—it helps walkers feel protected, slows cars down, and makes everyone more aware of their surroundings. Around the world we're seeing quirky takes on walking signals that not only add a bit of whimsy to the street, they also help keep all citizens… » 11/20/14 9:20am 11/20/14 9:20am

6 Ways the World's Mega-Cities Could Deal With Explosive Growth

People are moving into cities at an astounding rate—so fast, not even the cities themselves will be able to keep up. A new show at the Museum of Modern Art opens this week to examine how that explosive growth will affect six cities globally: Hong Kong, Istanbul, Lagos, Mumbai, Rio de Janeiro, and New York City. » 11/19/14 9:20am 11/19/14 9:20am

Is It Really Possible To Trick Waze To Keep Traffic Off Your Street?

Anyone who has used Waze to navigate a soul-crushing commute in Los Angeles can see just how the community-driven navigation app works: On any given night, the app might direct hundreds of cars down an obscure street to avoid an accident or gridlock nearby. Now, residents of quiet neighborhoods are pissed at Waze, and… » 11/18/14 4:42pm 11/18/14 4:42pm

How New York City's Skyline Will Look in 2018

The supertall boom in New York City is happening. Although we've seen a few different visualizations of how this might look, here's a series of brand-new images that puts the changing skyline in perspective, with two dozen proposed or under-construction supertalls that will irrevocably change the New York City skyline… » 11/17/14 2:13pm 11/17/14 2:13pm