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How Smart Phones Are Turning Our Public Places Into Private Ones

Smart phones have given us a lot of great benefits, but this is not one of them.

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Virtual Murals for Real-Life Buildings

The new frontier of augmented reality apps comes to urban art.

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Why Do We Tax Car-Sharing Like It's Liquor or Cigarettes?

Taxes on quick car-share trips run as high as 60 percent.

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Do We Need Social Security for Our Houses, Too?

With an unprecedented number of retirees seeking to "age in place," America's stock of single-family homes may not be ready for them.

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The Street Hacker, Officially Embraced

Can cities make it just as easy for citizens to engage in the physical world as the digital one?

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In Praise of Smelly Places

Your sense of smell is intimately connected to your experience of a place and your memory of it. So why don't cities take greater advantage of this?

William Henry Jackson; The National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.

The Evolution of the American Dream, from Colonial Times to Today

A big new exhibit at the National Building Museum explores the history of house and home in the U.S.

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Have Guitar, Will Sing Songs About Urban Planning

Melanie Hammet wants to turn obscure zoning ordinances into the universal language of song.

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Why Is a Patent Troll in Luxembourg Suing U.S. Public Transit Agencies?

ArrivalStar claims it invented live transit alerts. Your apps, taxpayer dollars, and the open data movement are all at stake.

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Extreme Placemaking: Inside the Army's Mock Afghan Villages at Fort Polk

For several years now, the U.S. military has been trying to replicate Afghan and Iraqi towns on U.S. soil to prepare soldiers to go there.

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How to Green Southern Cities Built in the Age of Cars and Air Conditioning

U.S. cities in the South have their own set of challenges to face in going green. But Atlanta, for one, is trying.

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Greening an Entire Block Instead of Just One Building

Most smaller commercial buildings can't afford energy retrofits on their own. But what if they banded together?

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Big Box Stores Linked To the Presence of Hate Groups

New research suggests that stores like Walmart may undermine the social capital of communities.

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Would You Be Better Off in a Different City?

A new tool from the Sunlight Foundation aims to quantify real-world differences in quality of life across the country.

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Sparrows Actually Change Their Tune To Sing Over the Noise Of the City

A study in San Francisco's Presidio District suggests birds are adapting to the increasingly noisy city.

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Soon Your Home May Be Smarter Than You Are

Forget to turn off the oven, or close the garage, or feed the cat? Your house knows.

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Bus Rapid Transit

A new database corrals just about everything that's known about the 134 BRT systems in the world.

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The Simple Math That Can Save Cities From Bankruptcy

Forget raising taxes or cutting services. If cities understood the economics of land use better, they might not need to do either.

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The Science of Quieter Cities

Tired of listening to your neighbor's shoes, the garbage truck, and the sound of car traffic? What if you didn't have to?