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Style Wars

Return with us now to those thrilling days from 35 years ago, when every urban space was covered in illegible vandalism, and break-dancing ruled the pavements.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Nov 15, 2015 | Comments (1)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Urban Life, Subways, Outsider Art, 1980's

Smog Rings

Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde has come up with a plan to use "patented ion technology" in order to create the world's largest smog vacuum cleaner. He'll then place his smog vacuum in a Beijing park, start vacuuming up the smog, and turn the dirt and dust he collects into "smog rings." More info at his site.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Oct 23, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Art, Jewelry, Urban Life

Bizarre Ride

A woman in San Francisco recently drove for blocks with a parking officer sprawled on the hood of her car. Numerous people recorded the strange scene. More details at

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Sep 25, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Urban Life, Cars

Charley in New Town

Once upon a time, the suburbs were going to be utopia.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Aug 21, 2013 | Comments (7)
Category: Domestic, Dreams and Nightmares, Government, Urban Life, Utopias and Dystopias, 1940's, Europe

Manhattan Super Terminal


If only this gargantuan structure had actually been built! What a different world we would have inhabited....

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jun 04, 2013 | Comments (6)
Category: Engineering and Construction, Urban Life, Utopias and Dystopias, Transportation, 1930's

Antique Homicide Photos from NYC Archives


Over 300 gruesomely fascinating murder victims, at the NYC Archives. Of course, the 800K+ other shots are pretty cool as well.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue May 28, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Death, Photography and Photographers, Urban Life, Nineteenth Century, Twentieth Century, Blood

The Breathing Bicycle

Artist Matt Hope outfitted his bicycle with an air filtration system that allows him to breathe clean air as he bicycles around Beijing. It's his way of drawing attention to Beijing's pollution woes. Though he says it could also be seen as "a ridiculous solution to a ridiculous problem."

It reminds me of Hana Marie Newman's oxygen-tank bubble dress that I posted about a few months ago. Hope and Newman should get together. They could swap air purifiers.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Apr 03, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Art, Travel, Urban Life

Senior Citizen on a Bottle

I have no idea who this guy is, but his performance is impressive for his age. The youtube info only says that he's a performer in Nuremberg's Christkindlesmarkt. The video was uploaded in December 2006.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Oct 31, 2012 | Comments (7)
Category: Elderly and Seniors, Entertainment, Sports, Urban Life

Pedestrian Crossing

Our simpleton from "Coughs and Sneezes" returns.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Oct 25, 2012 | Comments (4)
Category: Motor Vehicles, PSA's, Urban Life, 1940's
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