Category Archives: Cities

50 Photos That Show Just How Insanely Cold It Is In America Right Now

Extreme weather events are becoming more and more common, with records shattered down under during Australia’s recent heatwave, and now, at the opposite end of the spectrum, the ‘polar vortex’ bearing down on Midwestern U.S. […] Source: 50 Photos That … Continue reading

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Badass Geologist Gets Revenge On Drunk Neighbour Who Blocks Her Car With Boulder

Some people are taking the piss without worrying too much about the consequences of their actions. Well, sometimes, if your aim isn’t on point, the piss bounces back. Just saying. Melissa Scruggs is a California woman who recently woke up … Continue reading

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Ducks and the City: how birds thrive in urban spaces – City Metric

New York may be well known one of the most diverse, cosmopolitan places on Earth, but the arrival of one East Asian migrant in October 2018 still managed to surprise and delight the city. One lonely male mandarin duck – … Continue reading

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Why glass towers are bad for city life — and what we need instead | Justin Davidson

There’s a creepy transformation taking over our cities, says architecture critic Justin Davidson. From Houston, Texas to Guangzhou, China, shiny towers of concrete and steel covered with glass are cropping up like an invasive species. Rethink your city’s anatomy as … Continue reading

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Amanda Burden: How public spaces make cities work

More than 8 million people are crowded together to live in New York City. What makes it possible? In part, it’s the city’s great public spaces — from tiny pocket parks to long waterfront promenades — where people can stroll … Continue reading

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One Woman’s Noble Mission to Document Madrid’s No-Frills Bars

Welcome to the greatest (and first) ever collection of no-frills bars. Picture an ‘old-man’ bar but frequented by elderly ladies and young things too. Now, add a sturdy base of uniformed waiters, a layer of mid-century modernist furnishings, and an … Continue reading

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Manchester tackles homelessness crisis – by embracing the arts

The city has begun using a progressive approach to a sharp increase in homelessness – providing arts and culture access to homeless people Two armchairs are facing each other in the Whitworth art gallery in Manchester. Denise Harrison, a mental health … Continue reading

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Jersey City Experiments with its first Protected Bike Lane

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Why the “wrong side of the tracks” is usually the east side of cities

What do communities on the social, economic and environmental margins have in common? For one thing, they tend to be on the east sides of cities. In this short talk about a surprising insight, anthropologist and venture capitalist Stephen DeBerry … Continue reading

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How urban spaces can preserve history and build community

Can public spaces both reclaim the past and embrace the future? Landscape architect Walter Hood has explored this question over the course of an iconic career, with projects ranging from Lafayette Square Park in San Francisco to the upcoming International … Continue reading

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