Cities

This ingenious illustration reveals how much space we give to cars

Whether you're in a quiet suburb an urban downtown, most public spaces are designed for cars instead of pedestrians.<p>An ingenious illustration by Swedish artist Karl Jilg shows just how car-centric our reality is:<p>In the image, Jilg depicts city streets as gorges, crosswalks as wobbly planks, and …

Illustration

Smart Cities Are Going to Be a Security Nightmare

In the fictional world of the video game <i>Watch Dogs</i>, you can play a hacktivist who takes over the central operating system of a futuristic, hyper-connected Chicago. With control over the city’s security system, you can spy on residents using surveillance cameras, intercept phone calls, and cripple …

Cybersecurity

This Guy Wants to Connect Brooklyn and Manhattan with a Gondola - Vice

<i>In early 2019 the L train in New York City will shut down for 15 months to repair damage caused during Hurricane Sandy. Leading up to the closure, VICE will be providing relevant updates and proposals, as well as profiles of community members and businesses along the affected route in a series</i> …

Brooklyn

9 aerial trams in the U.S., from mountaintops to city streets

Up, up, and away<p>There are many ways we travel in the United States: bikes, buses, cars, trains, and airplanes, to name a few. But unlike other countries around the world—Bolivia, Hong Kong, and Turkey for example—Americans don’t often use gondolas or tramways as transit, especially in urban …

Skiing

The Top 10 Cities for Working Parents

They're spread all across the U.S.<p>Working and being a parent is not easy, but that's the case for most families in the U.S. More than 89 percent of families in the U.S. have at least one working parent, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics, with 60.6 percent of families with married couples have …

College & University

There's a hidden wire stretched above American cities — and few people know what it's for

Unbeknown to most, there are transparent wires that wrap around over 200 cities in North America — including Manhattan — to mark a religious boundary.<p>And every week, there is a "secret operation" to check and repair the wire in time for the weekend. We tagged along to see what it's all about.

American Cities

At TED This Week, Two Speakers Got To The Root Of Things

At the TED Conference in Vancouver this week two TED Fellows talked about putting ideas to work to invigorate marginalized communities from within, while harnessing the collective power, creativity, and good will of residents who want to live in thriving, healthy and safe neighborhoods.<p>Devita …

Farming

Downtown Los Angeles Is America's Most Colorful Neighborhood

<i>Los Angeles–</i>For those who love navigating cities by foot, New York will always be America’s main option. Los Angeles, despite being the densest urban area, never achieved this walkability, thanks to government efforts to socially engineer sprawl. But one Los Angeles neighborhood, at least, offers …

Los Angeles

How Philadelphia is getting connected beyond brotherly love

I am proud of my adopted home City of Philadelphia for many reasons, but yesterday that pride grew a little greater when I heard the news that Philadelphia was named one of five U.S. cities to win a Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grant.<p>According to a city press release, Philadelphia will …

Smart Cities

Metro mulls its transit options for the Sepulveda Pass

Options include light rail and a subway<p>With Measure M funding in place and several high-profile transit projects in the works, a newly invigorated Metro is setting its sights on solving one of LA biggest transportation headaches—traffic in the Sepulveda Pass.<p>Metro has issued a request for proposals …

Transportation

Find the Best Nearby Cities for Craft Beer and Microbrews With This Tool

If you’re looking to go on a craft beer pilgrimage, this interactive tool lets you explore the U.S. cities with the most breweries and highest rated …

Cool Stuff

Council to blacklist bid-riggers in wake of announcement of OPP investigation

Amid a police probe of the possible rigging of paving contracts, Toronto council is signaling zero tolerance for any contractors found to have …

Corruption

Mandaue City proposes measures to reduce effects of tri-level pass project - Auto Industry News

Eric Tipan / Magalhães via Wikimedia Commons | April 28, 2017 10:52<p>Mandaue Mayor mulls operation of barges and water taxis to relieve congestion<p>If …

Philippines

An atheist candidate for city council is fighting back.

The city of Knoxville, Tennessee is working with a group called the Emerald Youth Foundation to build a “multipurpose facility and sports complex” in …

Religion

Venice Looks to Limit Tourist Numbers With New Measures

Among the regulations? People-counters, new maps, and accommodation limits.<p>Venice, long struggling under the strain of massive tourist numbers, is finally doing something about it. Just 55,000 residents live in Venice's historic center, a number that is rapidly dwindling, as the 60,000 tourists a …

Europe

The Quickest, Cheapest Way to Get to the Airport in 12 Cities

Taking a taxi to the airport is always convenient, but it comes at a cost: Sometimes you spend far more money than you’d save in the time you’d …

Airports

Metro mayors and the city as an underperforming brand

It has been 179 years since the inauguration of the first Mayor of Manchester and the city is just about to elect a new incumbent. During this time, …

Referendums

"If we're going to have cities, then we have to invest" says Michelle Obama

Former US first lady Michelle Obama has urged architects to consider working on more community projects in poorer city neighbourhoods, during her …

Architecture

Chaos at Rikers, but City Jails Chief Was Gone for 90 Days

Joseph Ponte, the correction commissioner brought to New York to overhaul the city’s troubled jail system, has been reprimanded in a Department of Investigation report that found he had spent 90 days outside the city last year, even as violence at Rikers Island was spiraling out of control.<p>Mr. …

Corruption

The Lawsuits Over NYC's Subway Inaccessibility Are Long Overdue

Advocates allege that the entire MTA system discriminates against riders with disabilities.<p>The subway is often cited as the most convenient way to get around New York City, but for Chris Pangilinan, riding the system is like playing a game of Russian roulette. “There are some 20 elevators out every …

Uber

The “City of the Future” is One Step Closer to a Blockchain Based Economy

Dubai’s Blockchain Goals<p>Dubai has quickly grown into a global hub for trade. Now, it’s planning to use blockchain as the basis for its economy, …

Smart Cities

Brazil cities paralysed by nationwide anti-austerity strikes

Nationwide strikes led by unions in Brazil to protest against government austerity measures have seriously disrupted public transport in several cities.<p>Police clashed with demonstrators in several cities, blocking protesters from entering airports and firing tear gas in effort to clear roads.<p>This …

Brazil

'Refinery Town' tells the story of a city fighting for its own soul

A look at the impact of the petroleum industry on one American city yields a portrait of a community struggling to put its future in the hands of its …

Richmond

Cupertino adopts process for single-story overlay districts

The city of Cupertino has joined neighboring cities in adopting a process that would allow property owners to petition to have their neighborhoods be …

Housing

Is Your Television Smart?

What’s the first thing you look for when buying a television?<p>Recent surveys conducted by Samsung Electronics on the determinants of consumers’ …

Smart Cities

Plymouth Mayor Dan Dwyer ending 18-year political run

Hitting the streets for his first political campaign, Dan Dwyer strapped his son Dylan in a baby backpack and put daughter Emma in a stroller.<p>He was …

Detroit

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Shopping

David Shiner pushes for 'heritage survey' that could help save historic buildings

Creating a list of potential heritage sites would help the city protect them, councillor says<p>Toronto city council is expected to vote Friday on a …

Toronto

Jerusalem mayor: City's diverse residents 'all my children'

JERUSALEM (AP) — Fifty years after Israel conquered east Jerusalem, the city's mayor says the upcoming anniversary is a time to celebrate, despite the deep rifts and occasional bursts of violence that disrupt daily life in the volatile city.<p>But like other prominent politicians of the hard-line …

Israel

Startups Need to Change Their Approach to Local Politics

Startups help turn cities into tech hubs, but those same cities often turn around and enact policies that are hostile to those very same companies.<p>Call it the startup paradox.<p>Engineers, programmers, and a bevy of talented people are drawn to diverse, dynamic cities like Austin, Seattle, San …

Uber