Redrawing America's political boundaries in two different ways, a tour of Hong Kong's outdoor escalators, the race to build bigger bike share programs, and a devastating typhoon. Let's start the week off right with some nice urban reads.

  • 10,000 people are feared dead after one of the most powerful typhoons ever to make landfall devastates The Philippines [BBC News]
  • Battle of the bike share programs! Chicago's system is set to eclipse New York City's in size by next year [Transportation Nation]
  • The world's largest women-only university has opened in Saudi Arabia, with a campus designed by Perkins+Will [Architectural Record]
  • Should we really trust transportation departments to make traffic predictions? [The Urbanophile]
  • What's the weirdest place for mayors to be confronted by constituents? [Atlantic Cities]
  • Yankeedom? El Norte? Greater Appalachia? New France? Which real American nation do you live in? [Tufts Magazine]
  • Using design to tackle the sticky issue of gerrymandering in electoral districts [Design Observer]
  • The Atlanta Braves are leaving Atlanta... for a stadium in suburban Cobb County, 14 miles northwest of the city [New York Times]
  • On cockroach horror, urban monstrosity, and the infested landscapes of the future [Eco-Cinema and Film Genre via @soundscrapers]
  • A dizzying video tour of Hong Kong's skyways and outdoor elevators [Jamin Asay via 5 Intriguing Things]
  • And one to grow on: Did watching Sesame Street encourage a generation of Americans to live in more urban environments? [Urban Review STL]

Opening image courtesy of Guillermo Cano—who you should be following on Instagram. Got an Instagram of your own you'd like us to use in our next link round-up? Tag it #gizmodocities and we'll be in touch if we want to post.



The Hong Kong video reminds me of the skyway system in Downtown Minneapolis. Once you know your way around it's like magic. When you don't know you're way around it's like you're trapped in hamster tubes, with convenient access to shops and dining.