Urban Geography

The study of cities and urban processes is the basis of urban geography, a subdiscipline of geography.

Top is an aerial of a section of Long Island City and bottom is a city map of the same section from 1879. The historical map has muted pinks and greens for the different areas and show streets and the river.

Lost Underground Rivers

Mark Altaweel

Cities like London and New York City have a long history of paving over rivers.

Hiker walking along a narrow trail in Canyonlands National Park.

What are Desire Paths?

Elizabeth Borneman

As the name implies, desire paths (or social trails) are informal pathways made by pedestrians, cyclists, and animals that carve out more desired routes for passengers.

Photo of the beach at Westward Ho! in England.

Only Two Towns in the World Have an Exclamation in Their Name

Caitlin Dempsey

Only two towns in the world have an exclamation mark as part of their formal names.

Book cover for "Hella Town" by Mitchell Schwarzer.

Review | Hella Town: Oakland’s History of Development and Disruption

G.T. Dempsey

'Hella Town: Oakland’s History of Development and Disruption' by Mitchell Schwarzer is a superb example of urban history.

Image of central Melbourne in 2016. Photo: the International Space Station.

These Cities are the Most Unaffordable Places to Buy a House in the World

Caitlin Dempsey

Urban Reform Institute and Frontier Centre for Public Policy evaluated housing markets for 92 metropolitan areas in eight countries to see how affordable they area.

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