The Greater Grid

Straight as an arrow: triptych along Lake Shore Drive, Chicago Last year, Manhattan celebrated the 200th anniversary of its vaunted grid street system, the rectilinear net that stretches from First Street in what’s now the East Village to 155th, in Washington Heights. And any assumption this was too dry a subject for most New Yorkers […]

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Photos of the Week: Christmas in the City

The Bronx, New York. Photo by Chris Arnade Chinatown, New York. Photo by Keith Goldstein Chicago. Photo by Gabriel X. Michael

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Photos of the Week: Flyover

Bangkok. Photo by Jonathan Newman Chicago. Photo by GXM Tokyo. Photo by Corentin Walravens Every week, we feature striking images from our Urbanphoto group on Flickr. Want to see your photos here? Join the group.

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Tunnel Vision: Subway Zoetrope

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/8207998[/vimeo] Bill Brand’s “Masstransiscipe” installation in New York’s subway I first noticed subway tunnel wall animations in Boston, where the long gaps between stations on the MBTA Red Line provides a captive audience. The animation, composed of dozens of stills that simulated movement as the train zoomed by, was an ad. The message: visit Vermont […]

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The Reluctant Urban Artist: Anish Kapoor

In the omphalos of Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate, Chicago The contemporary art world can be a fickle place. Less than a decade ago, Damien Hirst somehow managed to earn an overnight fortune by preserving a dead shark in a fish tank. That was before a host of personal troubles — and the ongoing recession’s damper […]

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Le Corbusier Died and Nobody Noticed

On August 27th, the forty-fifth anniversary of the death of Swiss architect Le Corbusier slipped by with nobody noticing. His legacy, however, lives on in cities around the world. His idea was to make things better for people. Getting rid of substandard, unhealthy housing, and separating industry from residential areas was supposed to reform both […]

Alone in Chicago

Millennium Park River North Pilsen

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Mexican Bohemia: Chicago’s Pilsen

From the Loop, the Pink Line El bursts west, floating among the rooftops of a low-rise industrial district. As the city’s wall of downtown skyscrapers drifts away and the train enters an expanse of limitless sky, it’s as if the Pink Line is darting toward far more distant destinations than its terminus in neighboring Cicero. […]

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The Urban Midwest

Kansas City Saint Louis Chicago I gallivanted somewhat in August, visiting St. Louis and Chicago, and as always, snapping prodigious amounts of photos in the interim in Kansas City. Check out the entire set from the urban midwestern United States

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Chicago in August

I visited Chicago last month, marking my first real visit to the city, as Chicago was previously one of my “airport only” cities. Click here to view the whole set.

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