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

You Can't Build a City Like a Startup: What the Downtown Project Missed

At the CityLab summit in LA yesterday—right about the time that Tony Hsieh's Downtown Project was supposedly laying off a third of its staff—I was having a conversation with a young, excitable urbanist who was heading to Vegas to see the Zappos CEO's $350 million instant neighborhood in the city's revitalized downtown… » 10/01/14 5:45pm 10/01/14 5:45pm

Vegas Is Tearing Down This Empty Hotel That Never Opened

If you've visited Vegas anytime since 2009, you've likely seen the empty hotel. It doesn't have any signage; instead, it is often swaddled in ads, like the world's priciest billboard—a bloated Cirque du Soleil-wrapped blue whale hovering over the Strip for four lonely years. Now a court ruling is finally putting the… » 5/08/14 4:41pm 5/08/14 4:41pm

Pole-Dancer Alarm Clock Gets You Up in Every Sense of the Word

N.E.R.D. may get their lapdances for free, but I don't know about ordinary people. I do know, however, that my lapdancing run-in in Vegas several years ago was a never-to-be-repeated experience. Girls with wonky boobs in Santa outfits, (it was June) my girlfriend in hysterics and me squirming with embarrassment,… » 4/02/08 9:10am 4/02/08 9:10am

10 Ways to Bring the Sin City Experience Home

With the Sony 2008 Line Show behind us, we can't help but feel a little sad to be leaving Vegas once again (and by "Vegas" we mean "hookers"). Unfortunately, most of you can't experience the joys of America's playground as frequently as we do—but that doesn't mean you have to miss out on the fun. The following 10… » 2/29/08 5:01pm 2/29/08 5:01pm

Afternoon News: Poop-Sniffing, Pancake-Eating, Vegas-Going Spammers

• A Purdue professor is paying students $30 to sniff animal poop and using the research to improve estimations of odor emissions on farms. It's days like this that I am happy I went to Indiana University. [11alive]
• Dealzmodo: All-you-can-eat pancakes at IHOP?! Why am I still sitting here? [Dealnews via BBG]
• Alan… » 1/04/08 4:00pm 1/04/08 4:00pm

The Nine Lives of Evel Knievel, the Superstar Who Wanted to Jump the…

Elvis on a motorbike, Evel Knievel was one of the icons of the '70s. With his star-spangled red, white and blue leathers—apparently inspired by Liberace rather than the King—and mussed-up blonde mop, cape flying behind him as he catapulted his Harley XR750 over buses, cars and canyons, Evel was excess personified.… » 12/09/07 8:00am 12/09/07 8:00am