1. Created by the apartment search website Find Properly, the tool reproduces the London Tube map, with rental and house prices (and links to property listings) detailed for each station. Click on the station, and the map reproduces the different prices at each stop along the line, creating a graph that sometimes looks like rolling hills and sometimes like a set of alpine peaks and chasms.

    -So Helpful: A Map of Housing Prices at Every London Tube Stop

  2. In Los Angeles, just 16 percent of the city’s acreage is dedicated to park land, placing it at 34 out of 50 cities ranked in the Trust for Public Land’s ParkScore. So earlier this year, the city’s Department of Transportation launched a program to address two common complaints: Los Angeles’s dearth of public green space and the seemingly glacial pace of issuing permits to experiment with new forms of public space use. The initiative, dubbed “People St,” seeks to fast-track applications from community groups to convert streets into public spaces for one year, with pre-approved design options.

    Prior to the launch of People St, transforming a metered L.A. parking spot into a pop-up park, as happens during events like Parking Day, would require multiple city department approvals, laden with paperwork. Now, People St provides a streamlined framework for approvals of three kinds of projects – a parklet, a plaza, and bike parking. Any group that requests one is sent a kit including instructions and incredibly detailed technical specs, as well as choices for plaza colors and patterns, and approved vendors for chairs and tables.

    -How L.A. Designed Simple Kits That Let You ‘Make-Your-Own’ Park

    [Image: LADOT]

  3. Here’s a look at America’s first cat cafe. The best part: All the cats are up for adoption.



  5. Dear Seattle,

    Careful you don’t end up like us.



    [Conor Christofferson]

  6. The South Korea ferry disaster can be seen from space.


  7. The biggest problem, I would contend, is that this huge program, which provides one of the most critical and influential functions of federal government, is almost invisible to the people upon whom it depends — its customers, the taxpayers. This came home to me in unexpected ways over the last five years, when I served as one of the leaders at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

    The good news, though, is that Congress can begin to fix this issue with some key changes in the upcoming revision of the program.

    One key shift: Stop treating the program as only an entitlement for state departments of transportation to allocate for their own priorities, and put more resources in the hands of local communities that are closest to taxpayers. Over the last 50 years, the old federal transportation program helped us build an incredible national highway system, connecting cities and towns to one another beautifully. We did not, however, focus on making transportation networks work once you got into those cities and towns, where most Americans spend their time.

    -The Key to Saving the U.S. Transportation Program

    [Flickr user Infrogmation of New Orleans]

  8. Citing safety concerns, Nepal’s sherpas cancel the 2014 climbing season.

    [Associated Press]

  9. Spain’s second city is so effortlessly attractive that it’s hard to believe anyone could fall out of love with it. A new documentary called Bye Bye Barcelona, however, shows some long-term residents wondering aloud how much longer they can stay where they are. The problem? Tourism, specifically a local industry that has become so dominant it risks stifling ordinary, everyday life in the city’s heart.  Panning across street after street of pedestrian gridlock, fast food joints and souvenir shops, the film’s record of locals shooed away by the constant visitor footfall offers a cautionary tale for any city that tourists love.

    -Is Tourism Ruining Barcelona?

  10. Two very different types of migrations are driving growth in U.S. cities.


  12. With 133 miles of ciclovías, Santiago surpasses many peers but lags well behind Bogotá (233 miles), a similarly sized city. Its network also suffers numerous deficiencies, say bikers: lanes end abruptly, swerve around lamp posts, and cross ungraded sidewalks. The 45 mph speed limits on urban arteries increase the risk of cyclist death in a collision.

    Facing such challenges, many cyclists have taken to Santiago’s sidewalks.

    -When Does a Cycling Boom Go Wrong? When Everyone Rides on the Sidewalk

  13. "Let’s Remember, Let’s Run": Can we really do both when it comes to Boston?

    [Image: Brian Snyder/Reuters]

  14. This Sunday marks the four-year anniversary of the BP oil spill. Daniel Beltrá, one of the first photographers on the scene, has given his blessing to run some of his Gulf photos.

  15. According to UNICEF, more than 620 million people in India still defecate in the open everyday. That’s 143 million pounds of feces dumped in public daily, stinking up the place and contaminating the water supply, which in turn makes children more vulnerable to infections, diseases, and malnutrition.

    "Enough of this sh!t", proclaims the website for Poo2Loo, UNICEF’s latest campaign to combat public pooping in India. The organization wants people to stop tolerating public defecation and pledge their concern to the president of India.

    To get the word out, UNICEF has enlisted the help of Mr. Poo, a personified pile of feces. And In this groovy PSA, Mr.Poo and friends sing and dance to drill in the message: take poo to the loo. 

    -This Catchy Anti-Public Defecation PSA Stars a Dancing Pile of Poo