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This Never-Ending Parade of Snow Plows Is Easily the Best Way to Clear Snowy Roads

If you’re from a place where it snows a lot (I’m not), and where people don’t annoyingly complain about how cold it is all the time (not me), and are totally prepared for the winter months (also, not me), you’re probably not as surprised as I am about this seemingly never-ending stretch of badass snow plowers attacking each lane of the snowy road until it’s all cleaned up. Read More >>

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Why the Hell Is This Manhole Cover Levitating?

A huge storm drenched Phoenix and flooded the streets earlier this week. That’s already bizarre, and is the kind of storm you get once a century in the desert. But the weirdest thing is this floating manhole cover. The 150-pound metal plate kind of looks like it’s dancing. Or at least, it’s bouncing around the street in an attempt to levitate. Read More >>

design
Watching Workers Paint Letters on a Road Is So Soothing

I’m not sure what impresses me the most in this video of workers painting the road. Is it the perfect angles drawn free hand with a tool that’s essentially a stick with an open box at the end? Is it the dude dropping the hot thermoplastic into that box, while his partner is drawing the letters? Or is it the exquisite, ballerina-like footwork of the two workers who make sure not to step on the letters they just made? Read More >>

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Look How Much Better a City Can Be When it Designs for People Not Cars

It’s a common argument when a city wants to take away space for cars: “This isn’t Amsterdam”. But guess what: Amsterdam — where half the traffic movement in the city centre is by bike — wasn’t always Amsterdam, either. The image above serves as proof that better street design can improve daily life, not just for people on bikes but for all residents. Read More >>

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Old and New London Sandwiched Together as 1800s Maps Meet Satellite Photos

The National Library of Scotland has poked its nose south of the border to build a clever mapping tool that charts the history of London, letting viewers peel away time like the layers of a rotten onion to see how the city's streets have changed over the years. Read More >>

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Watch Your Step: London’s Pavements Are Literally Exploding Beneath Our Feet

It seems our streets are no longer safe. But it's not the muggers and murderers we have to worry about, it's the pavements themselves. Read More >>

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What Happens When You Leave a Piano on the Street?

Heartbreak, that's what happens. The video, made by Anthony Sherin, captures the life of a piano left on the streets of New York City. It starts out nicely, people play a few notes, others join in and then... it gets ransacked and stripped to shreds. The saddest part is when a couple comes with dollies hoping to move the piano. The life and death of the mean streets, all in 24 hours. This is why we can't have good things. [NY Times via Neatorama] Read More >>

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These Photos Were Amazingly Taken from Street Puddles

I'm either on drugs or these photos were somehow taken from the reflection of puddles in the street. It may be both. But! It's certainly the latter. Ira Fox, the photographer, created the photo series Reflections by cruising the streets of New York and snapping pics of people who can be seen in reflections off the puddles. Read More >>