1. A gallery in San Francisco has a lot of tiny graffiti on display in a new exhibit called Honey, I Shrunk the Streets.” 

    [Photo: 1AM Gallery]

  2. Mapping where Jimmy John’s ex-employees are forbidden to make sandwiches.

    [Map: SigActs]

  3. Untitled, from the Beasts series
    Untitled, from the Mirror Twins series
    Untitled, from the Suns and Moons series


    In 2009, the French photographer Thomas Sauvin discovered a trove of discarded negatives in a recycling plant on the edge of Beijing. He shared some of the intriguing, anonymous images—which resulted in his archival series Beijing Silvermine—on our photo department’s Instagram feed last week.

    (Source: newyorker.com)


  5. "It’s ignorant. It’s racist. And it’s a great way to turn people from one of this country’s most capable and educated foreign-born populations off to the idea of America."

  6. "This traffic jam was never there when people made their own decisions. That means that something is fundamentally wrong at that location."
  7. The symbolic distance is considerably greater than the 700-odd feet that separate Anacostia from the Washington Navy Yard. The District’s Ward 6, on the north side, is peppered with Federal-era row houses and home to some of the nation’s most powerful politicians. Ward 8, on the south side of the river, has high poverty and unemployment. The first has no racial majority; the second is 94 percent African American.

    And yet, Kratz says, both communities essentially agreed on what they wanted from the new space: performance venues, access to the water, and urban agriculture, for example. “It was almost magical that in these meetings, whether in the middle of very expensive Capitol Hill row homes, or with the Historic Anacostia Block Association, or Fairmont Civic Association, or public housing resident associations, we kept hearing the same concepts again and again.”

    -Can This Man Bridge Two Disparate D.C. Communities—and a River?

    [11th street bridge rendering: OLIN]

  8. China disrupts the rain gear industry with the ‘Air Umbrella.’

  9. Teeny globes were all the rage in 18th-century London.

  10. Tornadoes are arriving more frequently in large “clusters,” say scientists.


  12. It doesn’t much matter whether you read McCarthy’s Tree as a scathing indictment of (il)liberalism, a dismissive gesture about art-world complacency, or just a big-ol’ anal treat. Think of it another way: Christians in many parts of the world take it for granted that a Christmas tree goes up when December rolls around. In other parts of the world, religious liberties—and many other civil liberties even here—are harder to come by. Testing our aversion to perversion is one way to judge our dedication to freedom.

    -Paris Erects an Unlikely Christmas Tree

    [Photo: Charles Platiau/Reuters]


  13. "The first thing I say over the phone to Amtrak President and CEO Joseph Boardman is that I appreciate him taking the time to talk about Amtrak, because it’s one of my favorite subjects, and it’s a favorite subject of CityLab readers. To which he responds, without missing a beat: “Sometimes it’s not my favorite subject.”"
  14. The L.A. Metro scores cool points with a new PSA.

  15. It only matters that Airbnb is competing with hotels in New York City’s tourist zones if hotels have some inalienable right to the revenue that Airbnb hosts might claim. Responses to the numbers in the report suggest that Airbnb users are robbing somebody of something. "Lower Manhattanites are taking a beating," writes Gothamist’s Christopher Robbins. How is that? “Is the influx of out-of-town visitors upsetting the quiet of longstanding residential neighborhoods?” the AG report asks. The LES is a quiet neighborhood?

    -New York’s Attorney General Declares War on Airbnb

    [Map: New York State Attorney General]