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Mexico City is kicking its parking addiction. Can U.S. cities do the same?

By dropping rules that mandate more parking spaces, the largest city in North America will become more affordable and transit-friendly<p>This week, Mexico City took a big step towards making housing more affordable and transit more efficient. Did it pass a new budget that funded new apartments, or …

The top 25 cities for the future

By 2050, approximately two-thirds of the world's population will live in cities, up from just over half right now.<p>In order to accommodate the masses, it's important for urban centers to rev up their preparations for the future — through infrastructure improvements, technological innovation, …

Smart Cities

‘Overpopulation’ Fears Are a Hoax. Here’s Why Higher Populations Are Actually a Good Thing.

In 1798, Thomas Malthus wrote “An Essay on the Principle of Population.” He predicted that mankind’s birthrate would outstrip our ability to grow …


17 Netflix Hidden Gems That'll Stretch Your Imagination

Because good shows make you think.

The Mall Isn't Dead, It's Just Changing

Hong Kong figured out how to make shopping malls a sensible part of the urban fabric. Can this model go global?<p>Today thousands of empty suburban malls dot the American landscape. Describing decaying buildings and cracked asphalt parking lots, eulogy after eulogy arrives at the same conclusion: The …

The 21 most expensive cities around the world to rent a 2-bedroom apartment

But looking at the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in the world's largest cities, that number can range dramatically from about $300 in Bangalore, India, to more than $3,400 in San Francisco, according to a report by Deutsche Bank.<p>The report sources prices from Expatistan, a site that …

European Travel

The main reason Americans are ditching New York and flocking to cowboy land

New York may be a cultural mecca, the epicenter of global finance, and one of the world’s top fashion capitals, but it’s falling behind on a key factor that prompts people to pack their bags and move across the country: jobs.<p>From 2010 to 2016, more Americans headed out of New York to other places …

Real Estate

How to choose the best place to live for your career

Richard Florida is the author of "The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class—and What We Can Do About It." Here, the urbanist explains how to choose the best place to live for your career. Whether you're fresh out of college …

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United Kingdom

The 26 major cities with the highest quality of life in the world

In 2017, for the first time, Deutsche Bank has included a ranking of the quality of life in 47 cities around the world. The ranking is based on eight sub-indexes compiled by crowd-sourced information database Numbeo, which create a broad picture of what it is like to live in different cities.<p>The …

Deutsche Bank

Where is the world's most sprawling city?

Driving to work, driving to dinner, driving to meet friends … this quintessentially American invention requires a limitless supply of land and resources. Los Angeles is infamously sprawling but is it the worst offender?<p>As a young child in Glasgow I was desperate to visit the United States, to see …

Urban Design

12 eerie photos of enormous Chinese cities completely empty of people

Throughout China, there are hundreds of cities that have almost everything one needs for a modern, urban lifestyle: high-rise apartment complexes, developed waterfronts, skyscrapers, and even public art. Everything, that is, except one major factor: people.<p>These mysterious — and almost completely …


China is building a brand-new city twice the size of New York City

On April 1, the Chinese government announced its plans to build the sprawling city across three existing counties. The effort is meant to ramp up local economies and provide residents with a cleaner, less-congested metropolis outside of smoggy Beijing.<p>Xiongan New Area also reflects China's ongoing …


The 13 most safe, cheap, and hygienic countries in the world to visit as a tourist

The World Economic Forum's "Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report," which is published every two years, measures the relative health of 136 leading countries' tourism sectors using a wide range of sub-indexes, including safety and security, natural resources, soundness of infrastructure, health …

European Travel

World’s newest mega-skyscraper opens in Seoul

The world’s newest super-tall building has opened in Seoul, Korea. Clocking in at fifth tallest in the world, the Lotte World Tower is a 554.5-meter …


Amazing images of London show the city's evolution over nearly 2,000 years

London started as a small Roman settlement along the Thames River. But today, more than 8.6 million people call the place home.<p>Here are 18 maps, paintings, and old-time photographs that show the journey of the British capital.


Amazing images of the world's greatest cities before they were cities

Like all living things, cities have lifespans.<p>Some, like Paris, are ancient — over 2,000 years old. Others are adolescent in comparison.<p>Here are the maps, paintings, and old-time photographs that show the journeys of our greatest cities.<p><i>Drake Baer contributed to an earlier version of this story.</i>

Mexico City

Abu Dhabi’s Plowing Ahead With These 10 Mega Projects During an Oil Slump

Abu Dhabi, which sits on about 6 percent of the world’s oil reserves, has pushed ahead with a construction program that began before crude prices …

Abu Dhabi

6 before-and-after transformations of dead shopping malls that were given new lives

With the rise of online shopping and changing consumer preferences, American malls have increasingly fallen out of fashion.<p>Hundreds of malls have shut down in the past few decades, and about 15% of malls could disappear in the next 10 years, according to a recent report.<p>More than 3,500 mall stores …

Rhode Island

This burning, collapsed Atlanta highway is American infrastructure in a nutshell

A major Georgia highway is shut down, and there’s no alternative for the city’s upcoming gridlock<p>On Thursday afternoon, a section of Interstate 85 collapsed after a massive fire burned underneath the structure. The fire is believed to have been started by some PVC materials that caught fire in a …

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How a city built for car owners is changing its ways.<p>Vancouver gets good press. The city is invariably described by trend piece scribes as healthy, …

Urban Design

How to Make Urban Highways Vanish

Thanks to this free open-source mapping tool, you can digitally demolish your city’s loathed urban expressways and reveal what lies beneath.<p>Imagine there’s no highway, it’s easy if you try—even easier, since now there’s a map for that. With this latest cartographic venture, you can make the …

All under one roof: how malls and cities are becoming indistinguishable

Suburban malls may be a dying breed, but in cities from New York to Hong Kong, new malls are thriving by seamlessly blending into the urban fabric<p>“We didn’t expect to see stores,” says Yulia, as her husband browses for shoes in one of the shops lining the Oculus, the new focus of New York’s World …

Urban Design

7 Ways Earth Would Change If Our Moon Were Destroyed

For nearly the entire 4.5 billion year history of our Solar System, the Earth hasn’t been alone while we revolve around the Sun. Our giant lunar companion is larger and more massive than any other moon when compared to the planet it orbits. When it’s in its full phase, it brightly illuminates the …

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No surprise here: Los Angeles is the world's most traffic-clogged city, study finds

When it comes to getting stuck in traffic on the way to and from work, Los Angeles leads the world.<p>Drivers in the region spent 104 hours each driving in congestion during peak travel periods last year. That topped second-place Moscow at 91 hours and third-place New York at 89, according to a …

‘Segregation Had to Be Invented’

During the late 19th century, blacks and whites in the South lived closer together than they do today.<p>CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Growing up here in the 1940s and 1950s, Sevone Rhynes experienced segregation every day. He couldn’t visit the public library near his house, but instead had to travel to the …

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11 new trailers you should watch this week

11 new trailers to watch this weekend<p>I love movies that take place in pretty much a single location. There's something really wonderful about watching a director make use of a limited space and budget and creating a compelling world out of something far more limited than what you see in a typical …


The Hidden Inequality Of America’s Street Design

New data shows that pedestrians in the U.S. are more likely to die if they’re poor, a person of color, uninsured, or old.<p>Urban design has a long history of perpetuating racial and economic inequality, and the burden of bad streets is still being disproportionately borne by underserved populations. …