Emily Badger

8 Urban Policy Ideas for Obama's 2nd Term

8 policy ideas the president should feel more than free to steal.

This Could Boil Down to Turnout in Cleveland, Milwaukee, and Miami

America's major cities lean Democratic, but these swing state metropolises could end up playing a deciding role.

Romney's Murky Urban Agenda

As Massachusetts governor, Romney was a believer in smart growth, climate change and mass transit. But the same man may not enter the White House, if he wins.

New York's Sustainability Catch-22

The city's greenest asset – its subway system – also became its greatest weakness this week.

5 Ideas That Could Have Prevented Flooding in New York

It's time to start seriously planning for climate change in the city.

These Are the Hurricane Maps You Should Worry About Now

Hint: The really ugly part will be the storm surge.

Does Your City Need a Transit Riders Union?

Unions may be dying off in the workplace. But could they make a difference on the bus?

Please Bring This to America: Heated Bike Lanes

Towns in the Netherlands are actually planning to try this out.

This Bird Migrated Into a Skyscraper

Meet the Chicagoans who rescued it (and hundreds others) in what may be the most depressing job in the city.

The Gender Psychology of Losing Your Car in a Parking Lot

It happens to the best of us. But men may be better at finding their way straight back to the right spot.

Dedicated Bike Lanes Can Cut Cycling Injuries in Half

So says a new study from Canada examining hundreds of injured cyclists and the roads where they wiped out.

Pre-Sprawl Aerial Images: 'The Next Best Thing to a Time Machine'

Compare every corner of Connecticut, from 1934 to today.

Mapping the Potential for Solar Power On Every Roof

Nearly every square meter of rooftop in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has now been evaluated for its suitability to host solar panels.

Were Big Banks Guilty of Racial Discrimination in the Housing Crisis?

A lawsuit just filed in New York on behalf of black borrowers in Detroit connects for the first time the housing collapse with civil rights law.

You've Heard of Urban Coyotes. Urban Bears Could Be Next

Seriously. Carnivores are coming to your city, and they know how to cross the street.

The Grim Consequences of Closing Urban Hospitals

New research from Philadelphia finds that the city's newborn mortality rate spiked after a spate of hospital closures.

Watch a City Aglow in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Researchers at Arizona State University have created software that tracks carbon dioxide emissions of whole cities, down to individual buildings and roadways.

Yes, This Ad Is Offensive. But Free Speech Rides Public Transit, Too

Sometimes embracing free speech means sharing the subway with an ad that churns your stomach.

Worst. Olympic. Slogan. Ever.

Sochi, Russia is "Hot. Wintry. Yours."