Emily Badger


L.A.'s 'Carmageddon' Produced Dramatic, Instantaneous Air Quality Improvements

Researchers measuring pollution during last year's 405 closure find air quality improved by as much as 83 percent.

Paolo Cirio

Bringing the 'Ghosts' of Google Street View To Life

An artist recreates the scenes captured by Google's cameras.

Beamie Young/NIST

This House Consumes Less Net Energy Than Your Little Urban Studio

Meet the federal government's four-bed, three-bath, two-car garage, 2,700-square foot suburban net-zero home.


Turns Out Where You Live Really Does Shape Who You Are

Those stereotypes you hear about people in Boston and San Francisco – there's actually something to them.


Cities Get Sick in Different Ways

Manchester fights depression, Cardiff obesity, and Amsterdam respiratory disease. What's up with these differences?


An Alarmingly Strong Link Between Lack of Walkability and Diabetes

New research from Toronto finds that immigrants living in that city's least walkable neighborhoods were more than 50 percent more likely to develop diabetes.


Homeowners vs. Birds: the Depressing Probability of Window Collisions

Even more depressing: your bird feeder makes things worse.


When All Else Fails, Paint Their Faces on Potholes

Our new urban heroes.


The Internet Is the New Town Hall and Soon Cities Will Be Listening

"Sentiment analysis" of social media could change the way you report potholes forever.


How Climate Change Could Make Summer Crime Waves Worse

One researcher predicts we could see as many as 30,000 more U.S. homicides over the next 90 years thanks to rising temperatures.


What Are the Building Types of the 'Prosumer' Society?

If we're all being put to work as consumers in the production of the things we buy, it must be having an effect on the landscape of our cities.


The Next Major Real Estate Cycle: Walkable Urbanism?

How shifting demand could pull real estate developers (in cities and the suburbs) in a new direction over the next generation.


Pimp Your Block With Civic Bling

Need ideas for how to better your neighborhood? We've got 'em right here.

Public Lab

The Future of Aerial Mapmaking: Cheap Helium Balloons

A $95 DIY kit can help you map your city with higher resolution than Google Earth can.

Urban Prototyping: San Francisco

The Next Generation of DIY Urbanism Projects: So Much Cooler Than Parklets

Just wait til you see the PPPlanter on a street corner near you.


10 Signs the RNC Is a Way Bigger Deal for Tampa Than the Super Bowl

The city has plenty of experience putting on the NFL's big event. But hosting a convention will be something different.


The Uncomfortable Politics Behind the History of Urban Fires

A new book offers a sweeping look at how fire – and the way we’ve responded to and manipulated it – has shaped cities in every part of the world.


What Not to Bring to the 2012 Conventions

Your lasers, your bike locks, your pieces of wood, and any hopes you had of actually getting near the action.

Flavio Trevisan

Of Discrimination, Housing and Board Games

"You are picked up for ‘loitering’ and taken directly to the police station for interrogation. Go back three spaces."