In 2003, the mayor of Chicago illegally bulldozed the runway of a downtown airport in the middle of the night to create a park. This stranded 16 planes on the ground and required an inbound flight to be diverted. The FAA fined the city $33k - the maximum allowed at the time. aviationpros.com/home/new…
Thanks to the U.S. version of the sitcom "The Office", Scranton, Pennsylvania has gone from a former coal city into a major tourist attraction, revitalizing its downtown area skift.com/2013/05/09/how-…
Today I learned of Nelson Sullivan, a pre-internet vlogger who shot over 1,900 hours of tape over 7 years, filming Manhattan's 1980s downtown life. He sought to tape all of NY's citizens, including its outcasts, parties, street festivals, conversations with taxi drivers, and a variety of behavior on the streets en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nel…
Lance Armstrong owns a coffee shop in downtown Austin, Texas called "Juan Pelota Cafe". The name is a joking reference to his testicular cancer, with the name "Juan" being considered by some a homophone for "one" and "Pelota" being the Spanish word for "ball". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
In the 1970s, Wallace, Idaho, city leaders successfully nominated its entire downtown sector on the National Register of Historic Places to prevent its demolition in the construction of Interstate 90 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
The capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu, is one of only two capital cities in the world where there are no traffic lights. In 1995, authorities installed traffic lights at busy downtown intersections, but drivers ignored it. They were subsequently taken down and replaced by traffic cops. thesoupspoon.com/7-things…
Today I learned about the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, a series of nuclear reactors and processing labs with a history of meltdowns and fires that resulted in radiological releases 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles. The incident in 1959 was so bad they opened control room loading doors to vent contamination. thebulletin.org/2019/02/a…
Winnipeg's Portage and Main is considered the "most famous interesection in Canada". The downtown street is the widest of its kind due to its historic use as an ox cart trail. At its height, the muddy rut-rife passage through town was wide enough to accommodate up to 20 carts at once skyrisecities.com/news/20…
The only surviving son of the first Prime Minister of Canada, Sir John A. Macdonald, was also a politician and briefly the eighth Premier of Manitoba. His last home in downtown Winnipeg, called Dalnavert, is now a museum en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hug…
A small war was fought between the 3 original settlements that would become Milwaukee. Even today the bridges downtown are crooked because each settlement refused to acknowledge the street layout of the settlements on the other side of the river. milwaukeeriverkeeper.org/…
Between 1950 and 1970, Foggy Bottom was transformed from a run-down industrial slum to a high-rent luxury apartment district, considered one of the best downtown residential sections in Washington DC dcist.com/story/11/11/06/…
Union Pacific train operators once faced a real life "trolley problem" when 30 of its cars broke loose during a switching operation and headed at high speed without breaks toward downtown Los Angeles -- and decided to derail them on a side track, destroying two homes and injuring 13 people cnn.com/2003/US/West/06/2…
In 1973, a Marine pilot took a base helicopter and three crew members without permission to assist New Orleans police officers in fighting a mass shooter atop a downtown building. His actions saved countless lives, and he retired as a Lt General in 1990. nola.com/news/crime_polic…
New York City has a genetically diverse rat population. 'Uptown' rats are different from 'Downtown' rats, and every neighborhood has their own distinct rats. theatlantic.com/science/a…
Today I learned about Jamie Minor - The young woman who died alone trapped in an air duct over a steakhouse in downtown Austin, Texas nydailynews.com/news/nati…
Today I learned about "The Great Epizootic of 1872", a massive outbreak of equine influenza. Boston suffered a major downtown fire in part because firemen had to pull the equipment by hand instead of using horses, as they were all incapacitated by the epidemic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equ…
Winnipeg has a Skywalk System, a network of pedestrian skyways and tunnels connecting a significant portion of downtown. It provides year-round climate-controlled access to over 200 shops, 700 apartment units, 2 hotels, and 11 financial centres en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
A growing number of buildings in Toronto's downtown core are heated and cooled with water from Lake Ontario, and a new structure being built will be cooled without any traditional A/C units cbc.ca/news/business/clim…
Young Brothers Pharmacy, in Cartersville GA, is home to the first Coca-Cola wall mural. According to Coca-Cola, the mural was painted in 1894 on the side of Young Bros. Drug Company in downtown Cartersville. A Coca-Cola syrup salesman named James Coudon painted it. wsbtv.com/entertainment/t…
Americans use the term "downtown" to describe a city's "city center" regardless its geographic location because the term was inherited from New York β€” where businesses occupied the bottom of Manhattan island en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dow…
TITANPOINTE, sometimes known by its street address "33 Thomas Street" is a windowless skyscraper in downtown Manhattan. It is also been described as the likely location of the National Security Agency (NSA) mass surveillance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/33_…
Miami is the only major American city that was founded by a woman. Julia Tuttle, a woman from Cleveland, purchased 640 acres in present-day downtown Miami to start a new chapter in her life after her husband died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
Today I learned about the death of Elisa Lam, a Canadian student at the University of British Columbia who disappeared while staying at the Cecil Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Only later to be found in the water tank when guests complained of problems with the water supply. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
Downtown Kansas City Missouri uses a central heat source kansascity.com/news/busin…
Little Richard denied near-death rumors in 2017 and asserted β€˜I’m Still Singing’. He has kept largely away from the spotlight, reportedly living in a penthouse suite at the Hilton in downtown Nashville after hip surgery rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Today I learned of the β€œGreat Spokane Fire” which raged throughout downtown Spokane. Due to problems, there was no water pressure to extinguish the fire which led to many buildings being blown up with dynamite to limit the fires growth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Nashville's adult entertainment business β€” which peaked in the 1980s with a wide array of downtown pornography shops, peep shows and massage parlors β€” has been on a slow decline. In 2016, only four licensed strip clubs operated in Music City tennessean.com/story/mone…
Ryerson University is located at one of the busiest intersections in downtown Toronto and scored second on the list of Fastest Growing Sugar Baby Schools in Canada. Ryerson is among the largest commuter schools in Canada, with upwards of 90 percent of all students commuting to campus en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rye…
Today I learned about Stimson House, a 30 bedroom house built in 1890 in Richardsonian Romanesque fashion near downtown LA. It was once the costliest private residence in Los Angeles, and over time has been bombed, lived in by a lumber baron, a brewer, a fraternity, and served as a convent en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sti…
In 1967, a deserter from the U.S. Army bombed a downtown Las Vegas motel, killing himself and five others. While investigators developed several theories, no clear motive for the attack was ever determined. news3lv.com/archive/video…
Frankfurt is one of the few European cities with a large cluster of high rise building in its downtown area. Frankfurt is sometimes referred to as "Mainhattan" and has more than 294 completed high-rises en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Toronto’s downtown skyscrapers are air conditioned with water pumped from Lake Ontario. buildipedia.com/aec-pros/…
The Boston Museum of Science pulled a publicity stunt July 4, 1984 to promote their new dinosaur exhibit by carrying a 34 foot, 1,000 lbs., brontosaurus replica through downtown Boston by helicopter. boston.com/culture/lifest…
The founding of Canada took place in Highclere Castle or better known today as Downtown Abbey en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hig…
In 1972, a prominent attorney and former state legislator was killed in a car bombing in downtown Las Vegas. No one was arrested for his murder, though one suspect was a Vegas casino owner. lasvegassun.com/news/2000…
Kingston, Ontario was the first capital of Canada from 1841 to 1844. The building boom that followed the 1841 proclamation created a large inventory of stone buildings throughout Kingston’s downtown and its 19th-century downtown is very much intact compared to other centres that grew more thewhig.com/2016/02/09/ki…
During WW2, Britain shipped most of its gold reserves and foreign securities to Canada in crates labeled 'Fish'. They were stored for years in an office building in downtown Montreal, where about 5000 people worked throughout the war without having a clue about what was hidden in their basement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun…
Today I learned of Meigs Field, a popular airport in Downtown Chicago that was intentionally destroyed in the middle of the night en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mei…
OJ Simpson's Heisman Trophy has a typo in the engraving, reading "presented by the Downtown Atletic Club" instead of "Athletic". ibtimes.com/oj-simpsons-h…
Despite his immense wealth, John D. Rockefeller always took the train from his mansion to his downtown New York office every day. He was often harassed by beggars and other passengers, but refused to travel with bodyguards or use private transportation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
TJohn Mayer's new light music video is a result of indecision on the budget and john went to went to a place downtown and made the video with a company that usually does birthday and Bar Mitzvah videos. mashable.com/2018/05/24/j…
There is a 20 story light spire on a building in downtown Stockholm, and anyone with a smartphone can change the colors on the lights that are shining in it. Its creators hope that the work can stand as a statement on the power of democracy and the power of the public. atlasobscura.com/places/c…
Remains of a sabertooth cat were found during excavation in downtown Nashville in 1971. This was the impetus for the hockey team name the Predators, and their mascot Gnash. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UBS…
An economically dying town revitalized itself as the City of Arts after its mill shut down. With over 40 murals, Chemainus became the first town to grow a new business, tourism, from their wall murals and won the New York Downtown Revitalization Award amazingvancouverisland.co…
Edmonton's CN Tower opened in 1966 and was Canada’s tallest building west of Toronto. It was an imposing landmark, the first of a series of major high rises that were to define Edmonton’s downtown skyline. This building exemplifies the modern notion of a tower sitting on a podium capitalmodernedmonton.com…
The residents of LA threw buckets of urine at Britney Spears when she was filming the music video for 'Overprotected' downtown at 4 a.m hollywood.com/general/bri…
Aaron Burr went broke speculatively buying parcels of land in upstate New York. He did this while living on twenty-six acres in what would become some of downtown NYC's most prime real estate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
The Nashville Predators namesake originated from a saber-toothed cat that was unearthed in downtown Nashville in 1971. It is one of only five sets of smilodon remains to have ever been found on the continent. williamsonsource.com/how-…
There are 30 kilometres of tunnel underneath downtown Toronto, connecting shops, subway stations and restaurants so people do not need to go outside into the heat and snow youtu.be/UxICSISX3JI
Around 2,000 coyotes live in and around downtown Chicago. One GPS-collared coyote and his mate even raised a litter of healthy pups inside a secret concrete den in the parking lot of Soldier Field Stadium news.nationalgeographic.c…
Vancouver's Downtown Eastside is so riddled with drugs even the rats overdose. macleans.ca/news/why-rats…
There Is An Active 1500 Acre Salt Mine 1100 Feet Below Downtown Detroit sliptalk.com/detroit-salt…
Today I learned of The Market Theater Gum Wall. The Gum Wall is a brick wall covered in used chewing gum located in an alleyway in Post Alley under Pike Place Market in Downtown Seattle. its a local landmark. Parts of the wall are covered several inches thick, 15 feet high for 50 feet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gum…
There is a guy who calls himself β€œThe Unipiper” that unicycles around downtown Portland, OR wearing a Darth Vader outfit and playing the bagpipe en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
There exists 14.4 square miles of unincorporated land in PA dedicated to the Hershey Company, "Hershey, PA", whereupon there exists a themepark, resort, and a small downtown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
Today I learned of the "Sourtoe Cocktail" served at the Downtown Hotel in Dawson city Canada. Introduced in 1973, over 69,000 paying customers are reported to have tried the concoction and it features a real mummified human toe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dow…
In the early 80s there was a wheat field in downtown NYC art-nerd.com/newyork/a-wh…
Downtown Seattle actually sits on top of the original city from the 1800s. It was rebuilt on top of ~20-foot high walled tunnels following a great fire, in order to prevent floods from high tide and sewage. You can go underground to see the original city remnants. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
Today I learned of BuzzWinkle, a moose from Anchorage Alaska who frequently roamed the city drunk from eating fermented crab apples and more than once was found ripping down Christmas lights with his antlers or passed out in the street downtown millennial-review.com/201…
It is illegal to lock your car doors in downtown Churchill, Manitoba in case someone needs to escape from a polar bear herald.ie/lifestyle/trave…
American POWS Were Killed in Hiroshima At least twenty-three US servicemen were in Hiroshima when the bomb fell. They were prisoners of war, former aviators, held at several locations in downtown Hiroshima. thenation.com/blog/162596…
Today I learned of the World's Littlest Skyscraper! Newby-McMahon Building is is located at 701 La Salle (on the corner of Seventh and La Salle streets) in downtown Wichita Falls, Texas. This late Neoclassical style red brick and cast stone structure is only 40 ft (12 m) tall and contains 4 rooms en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor…
Over the last 50 years, shopping malls have become the new "downtown" and replaced Main Street culture of America to become the most frequently visited places today is.muni.cz/el/1423/jaro20…
There are 7 miles of tunnels connecting 95 acres beneath downtown Houston, w/restaurants and shops so area workers need not go outside in the heat and rain youtu.be/pUjLt9XTE6E
Downtown Tom is a highly aggressive wild turkey that attacks citizens in Davis, CA and cannot be caught by wildlife officials kcra.com/article/aggressi…
The Church of Scientology is headquartered and owns most of downtown real estate in Clearwater, FL tampabay.com/news/sciento…
There was a 20 year stand off between families living in Chavez Ravine outside of downtown LA and the city over their land. Eventually, the families were bought out through nefarious methods and Dodger Stadium was built where a majority Latino neighborhood once stood. timeline.com/chavez-ravin…
There is an abandoned 120 year old concert hall buried underground in the middle of downtown Boston. messynessychic.com/2014/0…
You have to pay a daily "congestion charge" of Β£11.50 to drive in downtown London from 7am-6pm, Monday to Friday tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/…
A neon light was left on and covered over in a downtown LA restaurant, then found again still working after 77 years. latimes.com/la-me-old-neo…
Paul Simon took the title of his song "Mother and Child Reunion" from a chicken and egg dish he saw at a Chinese restaurant in downtown New York rollingstone.com/music/fe…
Boise, ID has the largest municipally-operated geo thermal system in the US, heating over 90 buildings in downtown. publicworks.cityofboise.o…
During the 1950s, the U.S. military tested nuclear weapons so close to Las Vegas, that you could clearly see the mushroom clouds from downtown Hotels. This became a temporary tourist attraction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nev…
Bubblegum Alley is a is a tourist attraction in downtown San Luis Obispo, California, known for its accumulation of used bubble gum on the walls of an alley. sanluisobispovacations.co…
The city of Flagstaff, Arizona has it's own New Years Eve tradition called The Great Pinecone Drop where a giant lit pinecone is dropped from a downtown hotel twice, once at 10 to coincide with the New York ball drop and once at midnight local time. flagstaffarizona.org/grea…
Georgia Tech had its own nuclear reactor in downtown Atlanta from 1961-1999 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nee…
There was a guy in downtown Toronto who did 2000-3000 pushups a day for 12 years dressed in only shorts, boots, and a Santa hat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
A blimp once caught fire and crashed through the skylight of a bank in downtown Chicago; leading to reform on where aircraft are allowed to fly chicagology.com/notorious…
844 people drowned in 20 feet of water in the middle of downtown Chicago when their tour boat capsized on the river. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
The city of Houston has a vast system of underground tunnels linking the buildings downtown together that includes restaurants and shops meaning they also don't have to leave these tunnels on a day-to-say basis downtownhouston.org/distr…
"A hurricane that hit Charleston [South Carolina, USA] in 1752 caused a storm surge that nearly covered the entire present downtown area, according to one source. When the wind shifted, the water level fell 5 feet in 10 minutes," writes the United States Geological Survey on 13 November 2002. archive.usgs.gov/archive/…
During the peak of Japan's 1980s real estate bubble, the Imperial palace grounds in the middle of downtown Tokyo (3.4 sq km/ 1.3 sq miles) was estimated to be worth more than all the real estate in California combined. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tok…
In 2007, an intoxicated moose named Buzzwinkle went on a bender through downtown Anchorage vinepair.com/booze-news/b…
Skyscrapers in downtown Toronto are air conditioned via frigid water pumped from the bottom of Lake Ontario, reducing electricity costs by 75% en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enw…
Over 2000 wild coyotes live in downtown Chicago and help keep the city's rat and goose populations down. chicagotribune.com/news/c…
Today I learned of a dirt bike gang in New York City that occasionally rides on crowded downtown streets swerving though traffic while being chased by cops. gothamist.com/2014/01/16/…
Before Compton became associated with gang violence and inner city decay, Compton's affordability, proximity to manufacturing jobs, and location ten miles outside downtown Los Angeles made it attractive to aspiring suburbanites seeking single-family homes and quality schools upenn.edu/pennpress/book/…
Calgary's Plus-15 system is the longest pedestrian skywalk network in the world, with over 18km and 62 bridges connecting buildings in the downtown core calgary.ca/PDA/pd/Pages/C…
In 2005 Snapple attempted to erect the world's largest popsicle in a city square in New York, but it melted before they could raise it, "flooding Union Square in downtown Manhattan with kiwi-strawberry-flavored fluid that sent pedestrians scurrying for higher ground" nbcnews.com/id/8321110/ns…
After firefighters were left without water pressure from pipe breaks in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, they used dynamite to blow up dozens of buildings downtown to create a fire line sfmuseum.org/1906/coleman…
Montreal has musical swing sets downtown. When in motion, they produce sounds. If you can sync all 3 swings, it creates a song. playgroundology.wordpress…
There's a wall full of used chewing gums in downtown Seattle en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gum…
Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos, lives in a trailer park in downtown Las Vegas. businessinsider.com/tony-…
In Journey's song, "Don't Stop Believin' the lyrics mention being "born and raised in south Detroit". However, there is no place in the Detroit area actually called South Detroit; the location south of downtown Detroit is the Canadian city of Windsor, Ontario. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
That, in NYC, there are few skyscrapers between downtown and midtown because of the depth of the city's bedrock. classichistory.net/archiv…
The city of Toronto has more than 30 kilometers of tunnels and walkways connecting nearly every office in the downtown area. This includes the largest underground shopping complex in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PAT…
The smallest park in the world is just 2 feet across. Mill Ends Park was dedicated as a leprechaun colony, and resides in downtown Portland, Oregon. amusingplanet.com/2015/05…
An entire city in Sweden is being relocated as "huge fissures snake their way toward [its] heart," threatening total destruction of the existing downtown from below. An estimated 20,000 inhabitants will be displaced and 3,000 buildings destroyed. weburbanist.com/2014/03/2…
The Downtown Hotel in Dawson City, Yukon, Canada serves a "Sourtoe" cocktail containing a real mummified human toe en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dow…

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