John Batman was the founder of the town that became Melbourne, Australia. And originally he called it “Batmania”. There’s even a street named after him: Batman Ave.
Viganella, a city in Italy where the sun doesn’t rise for three months a year, has a mirror located on a mountain to reflect the sunlight.
In 1965, California City, located in the mojave desert, was designed to be a metropolis built to rival Los Angeles. But lack of funds caused the city to never be built. The city currently has a population of around 15,000, and has a size of 125 square miles.
German city of Nördlingen was build on top of a 15 million year’s old meteorite crater. Stone buildings in the town contain millions of tiny diamonds, all less than 0.2 millimetres across.
Tokyo is not only the largest urban economy in the world, but also the largest city with a pop of 38 million people, has the world’s tallest tower Tokyo Skytree and the world’s largest underground floodwater diversion facility MAOUDC, and The Tokyo Metro Ginza Line is the oldest in Asia.
In 1845, the founders of a new city in Oregon flipped a coin to decide if they would name it after Boston, Massachusetts or Portland, Maine. Portland won 2 out of 3 tosses and the name stuck
There is a conference for all towns and cities named Newcastle, held every 2 years. Where members meet up at a Newcastle and discuss how to form better relationships around the world
‘Desire paths’ is the term for the paths that are naturally created by people’s footfalls when they walk around paved paths. Some universities and hospitals have avoided these by waiting to see where they formed naturally, then paving over established desire paths.
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.
Egypt is building a new capital city as a replacement for Cairo. The city is being developed to have a “smart traffic” system and a green space larger than New York’s Central Park. They haven’t picked a name yet.