City Infrastructure

Michigan Central Station, From Riches to Relics … to Riches Again?

In 1805, a fire razed Detroit to the ground. In a search for optimism during the aftermath of the fire, displaced Detroiters landed on a...

Water Under the Bridge: Cleveland’s Abandoned Streetcar System

Built in 1918, the unassuming gray steel of the Detroit-Superior Bridge arches over the Cleveland skyline. The bridge was originally fitted with two levels:...

Rat-ical Solutions to Chicago’s Rodent Problem

Rats! Whether categorized as rodents, wildlife, vermin or pests, they have a profound impact on human populations in big cities — affecting wide-ranging aspects of residents’ lives from food to psychology to safety. In Chicago, which has been ranked the rattiest city in the United States for eight years by pest control company Orkin, experts are finding new solutions to educate about and hopefully eradicate the invasive species known as the sewer rat.

The River Runs in Reverse. Chicago Continues to Grapple with its Impact.

In 1900, the Chicago River was reversed to protect the city from disease and water pollution. Today, this decision poses questions to a city that faces unprecedented climate conditions and irreversible changes in the ecosystem.

On its 120th Anniversary, Ford Looks to Shift Gears

New York and Sinatra. Chicago and deep dish. Toledo and glass. Most American cities have distinct personalities that revolve around the markets, meals or...

“Urbexers” Are Documenting America’s Post-industrial Past

The United States is littered with abandoned buildings, especially across faded industrial cities of the Midwest.  As the success of manufacturing giants like Detroit, Cincinnati,...

A Visual History of Toledo’s Automotive Industry

In 1900, the first Toledo-built car was completed at the Lozier Motor Company factory. This vehicle ran on steam and had only two seats,...

Are Streetcars Back in Fashion? The Success of the Cincinnati Bell Connector

In 2023, while cities across the U.S. continue to struggle with the future of intracity public transit, the Cincinnati Bell Connector reached some of...

The Columbus Way’s Great Roadblock

Columbus is at risk of being strangled by its transit system. The city is forecasted to grow by over 726,000 people in the next...

The Grass is Greener on Toledo’s East Side

For years, East Toledoans have watched the once-thriving eastern bank of the Maumee River decay. Throughout the 2000s, the ghosts of the Toledo Sports...

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