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Paris Will Ban Cars For One Day

Most major cities now have their own versions of open streets events that temporarily transform streets into car-free freeways for the day. Some of these have gotten quite expansive: Each Sunday, Bogóta famously closes about 128km of streets. But Paris is hoping to best everyone next month by closing a large, contained portion of its urban core to all cars for a day.


Trove Of Architectural Photos Shows When LA's Skyline Became Modern

At the dawn of the 1960s, Los Angeles lacked a true city skyline. A long-standing 13-storey height restriction, in force since 1904 and only recently repealed in 1956, had created a downtown whose only vertical accent was the 32-storey City Hall.


This Google Street View Car Drove Through A Tomato-Throwing Festival In Spain

Apart from the Running of the Bulls in San Fermin, Spaniards enjoy some other wild festivals from time to time. One of them is called “La Tomatina”. Once a year, locals in the small village of Buñol engage in a massive battle with 136 tonnes of tomatoes as their only weapon of choice. Doesn’t seem like the best day to drive by and say hello in a Google Street View car.


If You Want Better Public Transport, You Probably Shouldn't Use Uber

I’m writing this from a train. Without access to a car, I had to make a plan this morning for how to get to an interview: rent a car, ride a bike, take a train and a bus, use an on-demand ride service. I chose the train for a few reasons. But mostly because I believe that choosing public transportation is the best way — the only way — to make it better.


I Kayaked The Part Of The Los Angeles River That Actually Looks Like A River

It was 32C at 10am when I stepped off the Orange Line in the LA neighbourhood of Van Nuys. A perfect day for the beach, or for the pool, or for positioning yourself directly beneath those little misters you can find at finer restaurants in the Valley. But I was about to embark upon a very different Los Angeles experience, one that I’d guarantee a large percentage of the city’s population doesn’t even think is possible. I was heading out on a two-hour kayak trip down the Los Angeles River.


Pruning The Mississippi River Could Protect New Orleans From The Next Katrina

When Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans a decade ago, its destructive power was unprecedented. But these days, extreme weather events are becoming eerily common. How to prevent the next big storm from walloping the Big Easy? We might need to let the mouth of the Mississippi die.


9 Things Worse Than Pedestrian Plazas That Should Be Removed From New York's Times Square

Converting a busy street in Times Square into vibrant pedestrian plazas has been one of the most celebrated ideas in New York City’s history — a bold urban move which has been mimicked around the world. Now New York’s mayor and police commissioner want to remove the plazas and restore Times Square back to its original car-congested glory.


I Spent A Day On The World's Most Pointless Transit System

The Detroit People Mover, a monorail forming a 4.8km, 13-stop clockwise loop around downtown Detroit, is Michigan’s longest municipal rail system.


Want To Make Your Commute Feel Shorter? Wait At A Tree-Lined Bus Stop

Trees, what can’t they do? They shelter urban wildlife, improve our mental health, and provide the very air we breathe. And it turns out that just the presence of trees at a public transit stop might be enough to improve riders’ perception of the transit experience — even if the actual service doesn’t improve at all.


Mountain Lion Famous For Crossing LA Freeways Is Killed Crossing A Freeway

Like so many others, he came to Los Angeles in search of acceptance, a little place in Malibu, and the occasional deer. Ironically, he found fame only when he left the city, but even then, his itinerate nature was celebrated worldwide through a series of blurry selfies posted to social media.


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