Mike Ciriello

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17 unusual destinations where the terror threat is low

Papua New Guinea

China is building the world's largest city — and it already has more people than South Korea

With a current population of roughly 57 million housed inside a 15,000-square-mile perimeter, the Pearl River Delta is a region roughly the size of West Virginia but with 30 times more people.<p>It's made up of the cities of Shenzhen, Dongguan, Huizhou, Zhuhai, Zhongshan, Jiangmen, Guangzhou, Foshan, …

Are these PoMo palaces really worth saving?

Postmodernism gave Britain the brash, playful architecture of No 1 Poultry, Aztec West business park and the home of MI6. Now, as many of these buildings approach the 30-year eligibility limit for listed status, it’s decision time…<p>Postmodern architecture in Britain closely matched the career of …


Top 5 Hidden Green Spots in Berlin

In the following Places Feature we assembled our favorite green spots in Berlin for you where you can hang out with your friends, become an urban …


Why the Wealthy Have Been Returning to City Centers

There’s no single reason, of course, but a hatred of long commutes might be a big one.<p>Back in 1980, Americans didn’t pay much of a premium to live in the center of a city. Quite the contrary: many gladly paid more to live farther away. The average price for a two- or three-bedroom home right in the …

Urban Design

In Memoriam

Postdamer Platz

Real world contradicts right-wing tax theories

Ever since economist Arthur Laffer drew his namesake curve on a napkin for two officials in President Richard Nixon’s administration four decades ago, we have been told that cutting tax rates spurs jobs and higher pay, while hiking taxes does the opposite.<p>Now, thanks to recent tax cuts in Kansas …