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Why New York City Stopped Building Subways

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Why New York City Stopped Building Subways. Nearly 80 years ago, a construction standstill derailed the subway’s progress, leading to its present crisis. This is the story, decade by decade. In the first decades of the 20th century, New York City experienced an unprecedented infrastructure boom. Iconic bridges, opulent railway terminals, and much of what […]

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An alternative TfL Tube map: Designer creates ‘grid-like’ London Underground plan using Beijing Subway as guide

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An alternative TfL Tube map: Designer creates ‘grid-like’ London Underground plan using Beijing Subway as guide. A London Underground enthusiast has combined the Tube map with a plan of the Beijing Subway to create a new ‘grid-like’ city plan. Alastair Carr created the quirky design by taking both maps, aligning Tiananmen Square in the Chinese capital […]

Why Did New York City Stop Building Subways?

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Why New York City Stopped Building Subways? Nearly 80 years ago, a construction standstill derailed the subway’s progress, leading to its present crisis. This is the story, decade by decade. In the first decades of the 20th century, New York City experienced an unprecedented infrastructure boom. Iconic bridges, opulent railway terminals, and much of what […]

Some German fella has made a map of London’s “S-Bahn” network, and it’s glorious

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An S-Bahn is a type of suburban rail network with a bigger footprint than a traditional metro, which links a city to its outer suburbs and inner commuter towns. The name is an abbreviation of the German: in various cities across the German-speaking world, you’ll find Schnellbahns (“fast trains”), Stadtbahns (“city trains”) or Stadtschnellbahn (“fast […]

Why doesn’t London build an RER network, like Paris did?

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from the article… I’ve heard many people make many different complaints about the Parisian transport system. That it does a bad job of linking a rich, white city with its poorer, more diverse suburbs. That, even as subway systems go, it’s a hostile environment for women. That the whole thing smells distractingly of urine. I’m […]

Interview With Graphic Design Legend Massimo Vignelli – New York Subway Map Designer

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From 2006, the late designer shares the story behind his infamous New York subway map and why typographic elegance will prevail. Gary Hustwit: Can you talk about the map you designed for the New York subway system in the ’70s? Massimo Vignelli: Such a controversial thing. It’s funny, but I realized the other day the […]

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