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Abandoned Buildings In Tampico, Mexico Are Filled With Trees

Tampico is a beautiful tropical city located on the Gulf of Mexico, traversed by canals, dotted with palm trees, graced with kilometres of undeveloped beach.


Cool Video Illustrates How Much Shanghai Has Changed Over The Years

Video: Over the past thirty years, few cities have undergone the transformation that Shanghai has. It went from a vertically challenged city filled with greenery to mutant New York on speed and steroids. Claire and Max illustrate how much has changed by eliminating the current buildings from the skyline and then drawing them in and putting them back.


Washington DC's Very Own High Line Will Clean Its Dirty River Water

The Anacostia River that runs through Washington DC has historically been known as, well, not the cleanest river in the United States. A new elevated park straddling the river plans to filter the dirty water with a waterfall feature (apparently projected with Frederick Douglass’s face). It’s the winning design announced today for the city’s upcoming elevated park.


Zurich Installed 4500 Street Sensors To Count Every Car In The City

Congestion pricing — the implementation of high tolls to keep cars out of congested downtown areas — is one of the most effective ways to reduce traffic and emissions. Zurich’s plan goes above and beyond that, using a network of sensors to track the number of cars that enter its downtown and prevent more cars from entering until congestion has subsided.


These Beautiful Maps Show How Similarly City Streets Are Arranged

These gloriously rich maps, dripping in trippy neon colour, are more insightful than they may first appear — because their hue actually reveal similarities in the way city streets are oriented.


Chicago Was Raised Over 1.2m In The 19th Century To Build Its Sewer

In the middle of the 19th century, Chicago embarked on a quest to literally lift itself out of the mud. Water couldn’t drain from the low-lying city, so its streets became impassable swamps. The most reasonable solution, Chicago decided, was just to raise the whole goddamn city by 1.2m to 4.3m.


Saving This Sinking City Will Cost $US40 Billion

Venice? Sure, it’s sinking. So is Mexico City, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City. But none of them are being submerged as fast as Jakarta, which is sinking as much as several centimetres a year — for comparison’s sake, Venice is sinking by 2cm every year. Now, Jakarta is undertaking a three-decade-long plan to save its coastline.


What Would Happen If The 20 Biggest US Cities Were Wiped Out With Nukes

Wiping out an American city, much less the largest ones, requires either blast yields well beyond the capability of any terrorist organisation, or numbers of nuclear weapons that would make the terrorist organisation one of the largest nuclear powers on the planet. This is particularly true of major cities such as Atlanta, Houston and LA, which are defined by their suburban sprawl.


Good Morning, Shanghai

Video: This beautiful time-lapse takes us to a tour of Shanghai, one of the most futuristic looking cities in the world. After watching the video, Shanghai climbed to the top of my list of cities to visit before I turn 40.


There's A 130-Year-Old Clock Embedded In This Footpath

The next time you find yourself walking across the corner of Maiden Lane and Broadway in Lower Manhattan, remember to look down. In front of what used to be the William Barthman Jeweller is something unexpected: a working clock, embedded in the footpath like a precious gem.


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