Artist turns neglected potholes into ice cream treats


Tired of the ugly and burdensome potholes that clutter the streets of Chicago and Jyväskylä, Finland, mosaic artist Jim Bachor decided to do something about it. Using hand-cut pieces of glass and marble, Bachor fills the wretched holes with whimsical mosaics of popsicles and ice cream cones. Any mosaic artists looking for a project here in pothole-strewn Los Angeles? Read the rest

Forgotten history: When the squirrels came to town

Prior to the mid-19th century, squirrels were thought of as fantastic woodland creatures, rather than the urbane, city-dwelling vermin they are today. In fact, the available evidence suggests that, up until this point, there really weren't a whole lot of squirrels living in cities in the United States — at least, not with the ubiquity that they now do. What changed? A couple of things, according to a paper published in The Journal of American History. First, human architects and city planners got really into the idea of urban greenspace for the first time, constructing elaborate parks like Central Park in New York. Second, the humans then imported squirrels from the countryside to add to the bucolic ambiance they were hoping these parks would foster. The rest, as they say, is all rodent breeding and natural selection. Read the rest