Emily Badger

'Nowcasting' Pollution on the Streets of London

A visual reminder of where most pollution in our cities comes from.

What the Steamship and the Landline Can Tell Us About the Decline of the Private Car

Even the most ubiquitous technologies eventually disappear.

A Mad Lib for Urban Dreamers

What could you change in your community if you just knew more about it?

The Humble Public Bench Gets a Dramatic Makeover

Boston prepares to debut 20 bench designs that re-imagine the experience of sitting on the street.

What If the Entire World Lived in 1 City?

Two Yale architects pose the question in an ambitious research project.

Why Obama's New Pick for the EPA Will Be Good for Cities

Gina McCarthy has a strong record on regulating pollutants. But she also gets smart growth.

The Great Senior Sell-Off Could Cause the Next Housing Crisis

What will happen to empty-nesters when no one wants their nests?

A Subway Map for Pedestrians

Courtesy of the Spanish city of Pontevedra.

Share Everything: Why the Way We Consume Has Changed Forever

An old idea at the heart of cities will be integral to fitting millions more people inside of them in the 21st century.

Why Are There No Big Cities with Municipal Broadband Networks?

Publicly owned Internet infrastructure is luring jobs to smaller towns. Should big cities follow their lead?

Millennials Say They'd Give Up Their Cars Before Their Computers or Cell Phones

The latest sign of changing attitudes.

Bloomberg Businessweek's Racist Cover Also Gets the Housing Crisis Backwards

This is shameful on multiple fronts. 

Why You Might Not Want to Let a Private Prison Company Name Your Stadium

Some naming rights just aren't worth it.

Reason to Live Somewhere Warm Of the Day: Ambulances Respond Faster

Researchers in the U.K. find that ambulance response times drop with the temperature.

Who Should Pay for Transportation?

A new generation of funding schemes turns the "user fee" on its head.

Mapping Data-Dense Cities as if They Were Mountains

Contour lines borrowed from natural terrain can tell us much about life in the city.

Is Boston Ready for an Apartment Building That Bars Cars?

A proposed development in the city underscores the tradeoffs and design challenges of building cities around the car.

How Rioters Act Like Shoppers

Researchers say looters make rational decisions about how far they’re willing to travel to steal what they want.

Early Fruits of International Open Data Day 2013

Projects from Vancouver to Washington to Kathmandu.