Which books (fiction or non-fiction) gives a stranger the best impression of what it's genuinely like to live in New York, London, Berlin and Tokyo in modern times? [more inside]
E pluribus una (urbs): Out of many cities, one. Examples of cities that at some point were two or more independent cities? [more inside]
Know of any interesting documentaries (or other sorts of videos) about cities freely available to watch online? [more inside]
Why are traffic lights in New Jersey horizontal in many cities and vertical in the suburbs? [more inside]
Where is the best city for a single male software developer to start over? (Excluding DC, which is where I am now) [more inside]
My husband and I will be leaving our current town in about a year and a half, and we’re starting to think about where we might like to go next. We have several requirements (explained inside), and I’ll probably be posting questions about this more than once! We are thinking about taking a couple of weeks to explore some cities in California this spring or summer, and I’m hoping some of you can suggest some California towns that might be a good fit for us so we can start planning the exploratory trip. [more inside]
What major cities have grids laid out on the North/South axis? Are there advantages or reasons for this? [more inside]
I'm looking for an awesome video/discussion topic that relates to street maps - something appropriate for a HS geometry course. [more inside]
I'm sick of Oklahoma, sick of cold and snow, sick of everything to do with this place. I want out of the state, but cant' decide where to go next. Over the last few years I've lived in San Diego, Orlando, Cocoa Beach, the Chicago area, Tulsa Ok, and originally the Phoenix area. Most of my moves have been prompted by having a friend with a couch willing to pick me up from the Greyhound station, but this time I'd like to go somewhere completely new and for the first time truly start over on my own. [more inside]
What is Montreal's US equivalent? [more inside]
What urbanist/transit/maps/architecture/local history-related attractions should I hit up in London? [more inside]
I'm looking for online resources to evaluate American cities. I have seen theatlanticcities.com, what other well-done sites are there where I can go in and put in "Bozeman" or "Amarillo" or "Augusta" and get cost-of-living, demographic and housing information, and other city facts? Extra points if there is some kind of side-by-side comparisonator.
what's it like to live in Tacoma WA? or any other nice small cities to live in? [more inside]
Who owns sidewalk tree planters in New York City? The city, or the owners of the building the sidewalk abuts?
Who owns sidewalk tree planters in New York City? The city, or the owners of the building the sidewalk abuts? [more inside]
Is there a comprehensive book of photographs of the nighttime skylines of either major US cities or major world cities?
I need things to do in Barcelona [more inside]
What US place has the best 4-season weather? Qualifications: snow in the winter but not super cold or super overcast; real springs and falls; and a warm (not usually going over 90 degrees), NON-HUMID summer.
What's a good neighborhood in Minneapolis for post-college life in the Twin Cities? [more inside]
How do I learn to love where I live? (South Austin,TX) [more inside]
I'm trying to gather a list of regional pejoratives for cities and suburbs. Like here in Oregon USA, we refer to Springfield as "Springtucky," and Clackamas as "Clackansas". In Denver they call Aurora "Saudi Aurora" or "Guadalaurora". "Spocompton" is a common epithet for Spokane, WA. [more inside]
When you state an intersection in a city that has avenues and streets (or some other system where N-S is one set and E-W is another set), is there a convention for which you name first? In other words, how should people interpret something like "9th and 11th"? If there's a convention, is it universal? Or, does it vary from city to city? [more inside]
How would one go about finding unserviced office space to rent in major uk cities?
What are some small/medium-sized cities who have gone through re-branding exercises and come out successful? [more inside]
I need a list of all American cities (incorporated places) with populations in between 80,000 and 100,000 people according to the 2000 census. Help? [more inside]
Can you recommend great fiction about cities and the urban experience? [more inside]
TwinCities Filter: Do you know a good company/person that knows how to restore leather couches in the Twin Cities area? [more inside]
Are there any other good concert listings sites for major metro areas like http://stevelist.com/list provides for the bay area? [more inside]
What are some fun, small and lesser known cities in Europe? [more inside]
Where oh where should I live? Help me find my dream city. [more inside]
There's a website where I can plug in an address and find out where I can get to in any direction in a city in X minutes using transit. I have lost the link, where is it?
Is it possible to get to know a place fairly well, without actually visiting it? [more inside]
Thanks to this post, I've learned I really love Kodachrome. I also love photos of 40s-60s American cities - the clothes, the ads, the old cars, the whole thing. Where can I find good Kodachrome prints of American cities - preferably ones I can have printed myself and/or reasonably buy?
[XmasGiftFilter] So I'm looking for gifts related to urban planning / urbanism in general. This is sort of an attempt to use Metafilter as a "people who liked x also liked y" function, since it's full of people who like this particular x. [more inside]
Can you suggest a book or article that discusses the rise of America's leading metropolitan areas? [more inside]
I am moving to Minneapolis from Los Angeles and the only thing I'm a bit worried about is the weather. Got some tips? [more inside]
What are some famous (or infamous) neighborhoods that no longer exist? [more inside]
Urban Infrastructure—a Thorough Introduction: Where can a layman learn more about infrastructure: the electrical grid, water supply/sanitation, transportation/distribution, waste removal, etc.? (many others listed inside) Everything I find wants to either explain it to a 12-year-old or explain it to an engineering grad-student. [more inside]
Looking for early footage of cities from the beginning of the 20th century (but as late as the 1940s)
I'm looking for early movie footage of cities, the kind where someone just set up a movie camera on a street corner and recorded people walking around. Preferably from as early in the 20th century as possible. [more inside]
Midwestern Urban Fiction: Great novels that exemplify the industrialized cities of the U.S. Midwest?
Midwestern Urban Fiction: What are the great novels that exemplify or characterize (as opposed to "are set in") any of the industrialized cities of the U.S. Midwest (St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, the Twin Cities, etc.)? [more inside]
A question about an inexplicably inaccurate website. Luanda, Angola: world's most expensive city!? [more inside]
Say I might want to leave America. (Maybe on November 6, 2012! Somewhat joking about that, so don't get too distracted.) Where would I want to live? It's Mexico, right? But where? And also, am I being crazy in not thinking more of Europe? [more inside]
I have catastrophic health insurance for the catastrophes. But until I reach that $3000 deductible, I'd really like to pay less than I currently am for checkups and other simple doctors visits. For example, I recently went in for an ear infection. My doctor took a look and prescribed an antibiotic. It took 10m and I got a bill for $200. I'm not here to complain about how expensive health care is -- that's pretty well established and has been done plenty already -- but what are my more affordable alternatives? [more inside]
Custom build PC in Twin Cities or Online [more inside]
Website that will compare the size of two cities by show the map side by side. [more inside]
Spartan, tech-oriented, late-twentyish couple seeks relocation! Where should we move? [more inside]
I'm trying to help my mom pick a new city to move to, with various specific criteria ... [more inside]
Where should I move? I have lived in the county I grew up in my entire life I am ready for a change. [more inside]
Finishing up my degree and looking for a gay-friendly, outdoorsy city with good tech employment prospects. [more inside]
Help me find an online store selling tons of cool, design-y local-interest T-shirts [more inside]
Looking for suggestions for hotel room gift basket for our out-of-town wedding guests (in July). Bonus for Minnesota/Twin Cities-themed items. [more inside]