An 1899 Plan to Build A Bike Highway in Los Angeles (And Why It Failed)

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Over a century ago, the California Cycleway promised an elevated, dedicated bike path from Los Angeles to the nearby city of Pasadena. In this excerpt from the new book LAtitudes: An Angeleno’s Atlas, author Dan Koeppel tracks its path through Southern California—and discovers why it was never finished. » 4/29/15 3:00am Wednesday 3:00am

Resurrecting 1500-Year-Old Canals Could Fix Peru's Water Shortages 

Lima is one of the world’s largest desert cities, so when it rains it—just kidding, it pretty much never rains. Which leaves Peru’s capital city especially vulnerable to water shortages, and the surprising solution might be reviving a system of ancient canals that date back to even before the Incas. » 4/10/15 6:00am 4/10/15 6:00am

When People In The 1920s And 1930s Imagined The Future, They Dreamed Big

The Space Age gave us some beautiful, rocket-shaped visions of future cities. But before World War II, people were already imagining sleek, beautiful structures. And floating airports. And air taxis. And Futurama, circa 1939! These are the most eye-popping videos of life in the future, from the 1920s and 1930s. » 4/01/15 3:00pm 4/01/15 3:00pm

A Guide to Scientology's Most Ostentatious Real Estate

Empire-building has been part of many a religious group’s strategy throughout history. But no one does it better than Scientology. The documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, which debuted on HBO last night, offers the first in-depth survey of Scientology’s practices, including its ongoing… » 3/29/15 7:00pm 3/29/15 7:00pm

Welcome to the Rural Town That Wants to Build a Hyperloop Utopia

What do cities look like in the world of Hyperloop transit? Will supersonic travel turn our cities into vast, intermodal suburbs? And what about the edge towns that once bled into the country, fed by car travel—will they empty out and decay, eliminated by a new form of transportation that bypasses them? » 3/02/15 1:43pm 3/02/15 1:43pm

How Disasters, Emergencies, and Survivalism Are Shaping Home Design

You peer warily out of the single window in your zombie-proof steel box. The street seems deserted—except for a lone figure who is staring at you from a distance. Is it 2079, in the years after the Great Drought Plague!? No, it's 2015 in Royal Oak, Michigan, and that zombie is a curious local Fox reporter. » 2/18/15 1:42pm 2/18/15 1:42pm

The Best Drone's-Eye-View Shots of The World's Most Wonderful Cities

The world's greatest cities look even more magical from the air — but until recently, only a few people got to have the nimble aerial viewpoint on cities that a drone gives us. Drones have reshaped aerial filming, and created a whole new way of looking at cities. Watch some stunning drone footage of the world's… » 2/12/15 3:00pm 2/12/15 3:00pm

The Forgotten 13th Avenue That New York City Built and Then Destroyed 

Yesterday we looked at the great "fattening" of New York and all the parts that are built on what basically amounts to trash. But it turns out that parts of the city have also disappeared—and for a few decades, New York even had 13 grand north-south avenues, not 12. » 1/30/15 1:03am 1/30/15 1:03am

America's Biggest Cities, Back When They Were Tiny Villages

Everything had to start somewhere — and the biggest cities in the United States are no exception. New York City, Chicago, Houston and other huge metropolises were once beautiful, charming villages. Check out the earliest known maps and images of the quaint little towns that became massive conurbations. » 12/24/14 3:00pm 12/24/14 3:00pm

The Wonderful Geometry Of Budapest's Spiral Staircases

There's just something magical and mysterious about a staircase that goes around and around, letting you glimpse all the levels above or below. Whether they're perfectly round or other shapes, spiral staircases are beautiful. And Budapest is full of Modernist architecture that includes some stairways to wonder. Here… » 12/08/14 3:00pm 12/08/14 3:00pm