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Wastelands Reborn

Turning around abandoned urban spaces sometimes just takes a little imagination.

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Bicycle People: Speak Your Mind

A new survey wants city dwellers on two wheels to add their two cents about cycling infrastructure and culture.

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Is America Breaking Up With Cars?

America hit peak car ownership in 2006. The numbers have been declining since—until recently.

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The Wastelands of Urban Renewal

Through large-scale demolition and clearance, American urban renewal waged a war on perceived waste—and created a new tide of it.

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Could the Human Race Fit in a Single City?

How about a single building?

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Are Cities Too Small or Too Big?

To get the most collective benefits out of urban life, we might need more people to live in fewer (but bigger) cities.

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What If Bike Paths Looked Like Subway Maps?

Think maps of bicycle lanes are too complicated? This guy’s fixed it.

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The Four Horsemen of the Bike Share Apocalypse

What kept Seattle’s Pronto! bike share program from thriving? Turns out it was several things.

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Can Your Budget and Job Survive the Washington Metro?

WAMU, the D.C. area’s public radio station, has launched an interactive online game asking transit riders to commute in someone else’s shoes.

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Donald Trump's Bulldozer Budget

Trump staffers are reportedly building a budget proposal with major cuts to federal agencies and programs. These are the ones that could hit cities the hardest.


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.

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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.