Glasgow Prepares for Citywide 20mph Speed Limit

Glasgow is about to enter full slow motion in the war on cars, pollution and road accidents, with councillors expected to approve the introduction of a virtually citywide 20mph speed limit for all vehicles. Read More >>

Glasgow Humoured With Some Sort of Cultural Award Thing

Some people at the European Commission have decided to do a bit of promotion on behalf of Glasgow off their own backs, and have named the city the UK's top cultural and creative centre, like even including London and York. And to be fair, it does have some statues and even a Christmas market nowadays. Read More >>

Humans Do Stuff When Cars Are Kicked Out of High Streets

Transport for London has conducted some research that shows everything Transport for London has been doing recently was a great idea, which is quite fortunate for everyone concerned at Transport for London. Read More >>

Grimsby Ranked Worst Place for Pretty Much Everything

We find it hard to believe there's a worst place in the country than Blackpool, but apparently there is according to researchers from the Royal Society for Public Health. And it is Grimsby. Poor old Grimsby. Read More >>

What Scientists Can Learn From New York City’s Freakiest Residents

In a way, cities are giant science labs, providing an environment for organisms that’s unlike anywhere else on the planet. Even though cities have been around for thousands of years, the way that humans are urbanising our planet in recent decades has become radically transformative for entire ecosystems. Urban living is literally altering the DNA of life on Earth. Read More >>

London Wants to Make Driving in it Even Worse

London's mayor has had an idea about how to make being in control of a car in the city an even more soul destroying and miserable experience – introducing a partial 20mph speed limit. Because of safety reasons. Read More >>

Smart Traffic Lights That Tell Drivers to Speed Up are Being Tested

People staring at traffic lights have had an idea on how to make money from calling them "smart" -- give the things networked indicators that tell drivers how fast they need to go to hit the next set of lights when they turn green. This could speed people through cities without requiring so much braking and accelerating, reducing congestion and taking numerous small exhaust particles out of the sky. Read More >>

Amazon Names 20 Finalist Cities for HQ2 Thunderdome

After what felt like five years of mayoral begging and media gimmicks, we finally know the top 20 finalists in the brutal battle for Amazon’s second headquarters. The cities are about as predictable as you’d think. Basically, all the big ones in North America. Read More >>

House Factory to Churn Out 850 Homes for New London Mini City

A consortium of housebuilders is preparing to gentrify another bit of formerly industrious London, with the 62 acre Docklands site of Silvertown set to benefit from a £3.5bn investment that starts with 850 houses being assembled in an on-site factory. Read More >>

The Cursed History of NYC MetroCards

If you’ve ridden the New York City subway, you know the feeling. You buy a flimsy plastic card that lets you ride the train, and when you try to swipe it at the turnstile, it doesn’t work. You swipe again. The machine asks you to swipe again. You swipe again. The machine asks you to swipe again at the same turnstile. This can go on for hours, until you beg an MTA employee to let you through. That’s the cursed MetroCard experience, and as of last week, its days are numbered. Read More >>

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The Never-Ending Descent Into This Infinite Fractal City Will Melt Your Brain

In Julius Horsthuis’ short film Recurrence, he takes the audience on a slow descent into a sprawling metropolis he’s created. But as you get closer and closer to the city, and try to make out details like houses and skyscrapers, you start to realise that those tiny details only reveal more of the same, and that your descent is never going to end. Read More >>

Dubai’s Unfortunately Named Torch Tower Won’t Stop Catching on Fire

Some Dubai residents woke up to a familiar sight early Friday morning: flames engulfing an enormous skyscraper. In fact, the fire that spanned 50 of the 86 stories of the massive Flame Tower was all too familiar. The same skyscraper burned in 2015, and the causes appear to be related. Read More >>

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This 10-Hour Video of Planet Earth Cityscapes Is Strangely Hypnotic

In what is now the sixth instalment of a stunning and weirdly addictive series, the BBC has released 10 full hours of video shot during the filming of the Planet Earth II “Cities” episode. Read More >>

I Want This 1923 Prediction For the American City of the Future To Be Real

When the world is descending into chaos, it can be hard to believe that optimistic visions of the future are within our reach. But personally, I think I’ve hit that point where escapist fantasy worlds of tomorrow are the only thing that can ease the stresses of our modern world. This 1923 illustration, for instance, is a picture that I’d just love to crawl inside of and pretend is real. Read More >>

The Terrorists Are Winning, if Alton Towers is Their Target

Merlin Entertainments, the fun conglomerate behind such mass entertainment venues as Madame Tussauds and the London Eye, says visitor numbers are down since the end of March, and it might just be because people are getting a bit nervy about attending jam-packed public spaces in the wake of this new wave of urban terrorism. Read More >>