Andrew Small


The Complete Guide to 'Border Vacuums'

As Jane Jacobs preached, large-scale highways, parks, and big buildings can all divide communities, discouraging street life and sucking the life out of cities. Here’s how to spot (and fix) them.

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The Small Signs of Bike-Share Success

These programs promise big things for cities, but changes in habits—like parking—take time.

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Why Quality of Place Matters

Cultural amenities like parks and museums attract young talent to big cities. But how do they work for smaller cities or older people?

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Cyclists Are Winning Commuting

They’re more likely than drivers, walkers, and straphangers to get to work on time and feeling good.

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The Curious Case of New York's Two Economic Centers

Why Midtown and Wall Street developed both separately and parallel to each other.

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Trump's Rust Belt Bet

Smaller and mid-sized cities in the region played an outsize role in the Republican’s victory.

Jonathan Rodden/Stanford Election Atlas

The Trouble With Election Maps

America needs a voting map that actually looks like America.

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Why Are European Cities So Dense?

It’s not just because they’re old.

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You Should Be Cycling With a Boombox

The joys, pitfalls, and etiquette of cycling with a portable stereo.

What Kind Of Urbanist Is Bob Dylan?

A CityLab guide to the Dylan canon and the allure of the city.

Tomáš Moravec

This Slovakian Transit Hacker is a Streetcar of One

A tactical urbanist trick that you shouldn’t try at home.

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What Cities Have the Most People Living Near Rapid Transit?

It depends on how far out you look.

Why GE Moved to Boston, According to Its CEO

“You’re in the middle of an ecosystem that quite honestly for a big company, it makes you afraid.”

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Keeping Track of London's Worst Construction Site Ads

It can be hard to avoid such street-level marketing campaigns for new developments in the U.K. capital.

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Chicago as the Third Wheel on the Obamas' First Date

The writer and director of Southside With You talks about the city behind the future First Couple.

In the 1950s, General Motors Made a Pretty Modern Case for Buses

The automaker produced an earnest, albeit self-interested, pitch for public transportation.

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Why Portland, of All Places, Came Late to Bike-Share

The famously bicycle-friendly city says its “smart-bike” program, Biketown, was worth the wait.