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The Fall Of New York And The Urban Crisis Of Affluence

The Fall Of New York And The Urban Crisis Of Affluence

Cities, Long Reads

I have never seen what is going on now: the systematic, wholesale transformation of New York into a reserve of the obscenely wealthy and the barely here—a place increasingly devoid of the idiosyncrasy, the complexity, the opportunity, and the roiling excitement that make a city great.

The New York City Subway Map As You’ve Never Seen It Before

The New York City Subway Map As You’ve Never Seen It Before

Cities, Design

In 1979, responding to complaints from riders that the subway map was difficult to use, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority hired the Manhattan design firm Michael Hertz and Associates to create a new map. The M.T.A. subway map is a record of how graphic design, politics and geography have shaped the city over the last 40 years.

Mapping America’s Stark Wage Inequality

Mapping America’s Stark Wage Inequality

Cities, Economics, Politics

One of the most important economic stories of the past couple of decades is the rise of economic inequality in the United States and around the world. Since 1980, economists say, wage growth for the highest-paid workers has been roughly triple that for the lowest paid. In some cities, the disparity is wider.

How A Small Texas City Rewrote The Rules Of Development

How A Small Texas City Rewrote The Rules Of Development

Architecture, Cities, Innovation

Last month, Bastrop, Texas, adopted a new building code, known as Bastrop Building Block, which radically alters how the city will approach development. The new flexible system was designed to address three interrelated issues hitting municipalities across the county: population growth, aging infrastructure, and outdated development patterns.

Secrets I Never Knew About Airports Until I Worked At LAX

Secrets I Never Knew About Airports Until I Worked At LAX

Business, Cities, World

When LAX offered me the opportunity to work with its TSA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) teams, I couldn’t say no. From dead bodies in the security line to a cobra in a Pringles can, you wouldn’t believe the crazy things that happen at America’s busiest airport of origin.

Tourism Is Eating The World

Tourism Is Eating The World

Cities, Economics, World

The number of international tourist arrivals has been increasing more or less exponentially since the mid-20th century, and totaled about 1.4 billion in 2018. Europe has seen the biggest share, but the Asia-Pacific region is growing fast.

Michael Schwan

Inspiration
Michael Schwan
How Air Conditioning Created The Modern City

How Air Conditioning Created The Modern City

Cities, Economics, Nature

The shopping mall would have been inconceivable without air conditioning, as would the deep-plan and glass-walled office block, as would computer servers. The expansion of tract housing in postwar suburban America relied on affordable domestic air conditioning units.

In Japan’s Vanishing Rural Towns, Newcomers Are Wanted

In Japan’s Vanishing Rural Towns, Newcomers Are Wanted

Cities, World

Kanna-machi is living on borrowed time. It’s set to be among the first municipal victims of Japan’s demographic trajectory. The phenomenon is called shoushikoureika—the combined effects of an aging population, anemic birthrate, and surging demand for social services.

The Cost Of Keeping Singapore Squeaky Clean

The Cost Of Keeping Singapore Squeaky Clean

Cities, Economics, Nature

Founding father and first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew kicked off the Keep Singapore Clean campaign 50 years ago. The aim wasn’t just to make the city more pleasant. A cleaner city, Lee Kuan Yew reasoned, would create a stronger economy.

Billboard Uses Tire Screeching Sounds To Photograph Terrified Jaywalkers

Billboard Uses Tire Screeching Sounds To Photograph Terrified Jaywalkers

Cities, Innovation, Media

An unusual billboard was recently set up at a crosswalk in France to promote pedestrian safety. Whenever a pedestrian was detected crossing while the “red man” light was on, the billboard would emit a loud tire screeching sound. A camera built into the billboard would then capture the terrified face of the jaywalker.

London Underground 1970-1980 By Mike Goldwater

London Underground 1970-1980 By Mike Goldwater

Cities, History, Photos

The first thing that strikes anyone who regularly rides on the London Underground is how clean it looks in Mike Goldwater’s photographs. Homeward bound tourists keen to recapture the thrill of minding the gap and cooling their heels on overcrowded platforms are not offered a range of signature scents.

How Advertising Conquered Urban Space

How Advertising Conquered Urban Space

Cities, Design, Media

In cities around the world, advertising is everywhere. We may try to shut it out, but it reflects who we are (or want to be) and connects us to the urban past. Local signs connect us to the past, to vernacular styles, to folklore. The best examples catch our eye as children and stay with us.

Joanne Ho

Inspiration
Joanne Ho
Kings Of Cocaine: How The Albanian Mafia Seized Control Of The UK Drug Trade

Kings Of Cocaine: How The Albanian Mafia Seized Control Of The UK Drug Trade

Cities, Crime

Hellbanianz belong to the “retail game” of the cocaine trade. They are the street dealers and enforcers of the Mafia Shqiptare, the Albanian organised criminal syndicates who, the National Crime Agency believe, are consolidating power within the UK criminal underworld and on their way to a near total takeover of the UK’s £5bn cocaine market.

How To Redesign Cities To Fight Loneliness

How To Redesign Cities To Fight Loneliness

Architecture, Cities, Life

What do cities have to do with loneliness? “The way we build and organize our cities can help or hinder social connection,” reads a Grattan Institute report. It’s not that the built environment “causes” interaction, but it can certainly either enable or constrain potential interaction.

Parking Has Eaten American Cities

Parking Has Eaten American Cities

Cities

Parking eats up an incredible amount of space and costs America’s cities an extraordinary amount of money. That’s the main takeaway of a new study that looks in detail at parking in five U.S. cities: New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, Des Moines, and Jackson, Wyoming.

The Expat English Teachers’ Murderous Triangle

The Expat English Teachers’ Murderous Triangle

Cities, Crime, World

His ease with people, his natural charisma — these things made him a vital piece of the underground foreigner scene in Taipei, a key component of the drug culture. But it was a dangerous game that Sanjay Ryan Ramgahan played, a game that can turn even the safest of places into the deadliest of traps. Once he fell into it, there was no charming his way out.

Zaha Hadid Architects’ Giant Starfish-Shaped Airport Opens In Beijing

Zaha Hadid Architects’ Giant Starfish-Shaped Airport Opens In Beijing

Architecture, Cities, Videos

Zaha Hadid Architects has completed Beijing Daxing International Airport, a five-pronged building that is one of the largest passenger terminals in the world. Designed by the late Zaha Hadid and current studio principal Patrik Schumacher, the 700,000-square-metre airport to serve Beijing has been designed to be as compact as possible.

Marcus Lyon

Inspiration
Marcus Lyon
The Suburbs Are Coming To A City Near You

The Suburbs Are Coming To A City Near You

Cities, Life

In some ways, living in a dense urban area has become much more pleasant for certain types of people — namely the affluent and those who prize proximity to the action above all else. Is a city still a city if urban living is a luxury good?

How I. M. Pei Shaped The Modern City

How I. M. Pei Shaped The Modern City

Architecture, Cities

I. M. Pei died at the age of 102 after a long career as an architect of great renown. The China-born, U.S.-trained architect took on commissions that helped reshape cities around the world through the second half of the 20th century.

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