Amanda Kolson Hurley

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Why Your Grandma Loves Pickleball

The fast-growing sport is a hybrid of tennis, ping pong, and badminton—and seniors are crazy for it.

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Why Aren't There More Energy-Efficient Buildings?

Data from an initiative to make architecture more sustainable shows progress, but there’s still a long way to go to make a dent in climate-change risks.

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What It's Like to Be Hearing Impaired in a Big, Dense City

An artist tackles the challenges of navigating dense urban areas with hearing loss.

Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

The Subtle Shifts in Retirement Community Designs

Del Webb, the country’s biggest builder of “active adult” housing, is changing its formula to appeal to Baby Boomers.


Why D.C. Wants to Teach Every Kid How to Ride a Bike

Starting this fall, all second graders in D.C. public schools will learn to ride in PE class.


Introducing City Makers: Global Shifts

Our newest series on the key forces transforming urban life in the 21st century.

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The Underappreciated Architecture of Waffle House

New Orleans is getting a 'fancy' version of the 24-hour American breakfast chain. This is not a good development.

AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

How Cities and Counties Are Taking the Lead on Child Care

Absent federal action, local jurisdictions are increasingly looking for ways to help working parents.

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The Murky Law on Free-Range Kids

Why location matters for parents who choose to let children explore neighborhoods on their own.


Shopping Malls Aren't Actually Dying

Photos of creepy, abandoned malls are eerie, but misleading. Most of America's malls are doing just fine.

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The Best of City Makers

Looking back on our series about the people and ideas changing cities around the world.

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Why Architects and Second-Tier Cities Need Each Other

Ambitious architects tend to cluster in the same metropolises: New York, Chicago, L.A. (not to mention Beijing and London). But when they strike out for second-tier cities, it can be a win-win.

BBC America

BBC's The Game Does for Brutalism What Mad Men Did for Mid-Century Design

The Cold War thriller on BBC America stars Brian Cox and Tom Hughes—and some excellent, surprisingly intimate Brutalist architecture.


How Bremen, Germany, Became a Car-Sharing Paradise

The city aims to get 20,000 residents using its system by 2020.

Jim Saah

Celebrating D.C.'s Punk 'Salad Days'

Filmmaker Scott Crawford on the birth of hardcore in 1980s Washington.

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Why Gas-Station Restaurants Are Great for Suburbs

A new crop of restaurants in gas stations, like Seoul Food D.C., will help suburbs grow into more authentic urban places.

Neighborhood Centers

How to Tackle Growing Suburban Poverty

Houston's Neighborhood Centers has spent years addressing this hidden problem—which will spread throughout the U.S.

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In America's Poorest City, a Housing Breakthrough

Together, a design studio and community-development corporation are transforming housing in the Rio Grande Valley.