Emily Badger

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How To Talk About Cities Without Ticking Off Folks Who Don't Live There

Because “smart growth” can sound like code for “the rest of you are dumb.”

HonestBuildings.com

The Building You’re Sitting In Now Has Its Own Social Network, Too

HonestBuildings.com aims to be a sort of LinkedIn for the build environment.

Mark Byrnes

The Dawn of the Municipal Chief Innovation Officer

San Francisco and Philadelphia are the first major U.S. cities to install innovation officers. What exactly do these guys do, and will their stodgy government colleagues let them get away with it?

i2 - IBM

How To Catch a Criminal With Data

In an era of fewer resources, police could solve more crimes faster if they could leverage the Big Data long buried within their own departments.

Megan Lea's Backyard House

I Can't Stop Looking at Photos of Absurdly Tiny Homes

Why we can't stop looking at photos of absurdly small houses and apartments.

Popularise.com

Why Don't Real Estate Developers Just Ask Us What We Want?

One Washington builder asked neighbors what kind of store should fill an empty building. Is this the future of urban development?

UHAB

What Happens to a Foreclosed New York Apartment Building?

For one thing, the rats move in.

Reuters

What Intersections Would Look Like in a World of Driverless Cars

Imagining a future without lights and stop signs.

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How More Expensive Housing Can Actually Cost You Less

An expansive new database could change the way Americans think about where we can afford to live.

Matt Tomasulo

Raleigh's Guerrilla Wayfinding Signs Deemed Illegal

With his signs removed by the city, we checked in with the project's founder on his next move.

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The 20 Characters You'll Meet on Every Neighborhood Email List

The longtime resident, the dog-poop vigilante and 18 other archetypes.

In Defense of Loitering

Cities have tried to ban people from hanging around. This is a big mistake.

Reuters

Why Don't Americans Riot Anymore?

Unlike Europe, the U.S. hasn't had a rash of mass urban violence in a generation.

Reuters

The Last Katrina Trailer Finally Leaves New Orleans

It's about time.

OpenPlans

The Measure of a Beautiful Street

The OpenPlans.org team wants to see if it can quantify what makes one street nicer than another.

Reuters

Not Every City Can Be the 'Most Bicycle-Friendly'

A few ideas for less competitive but still worthwhile city superlatives.

Goody Clancy

Should Building Taller Be Much, Much Easier?

Effective height restrictions may be hurting more of our cities than we realize.

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Why In-Town Big Box Stores Might Not Be As Awful As You Think

There's evidence the presence of a big box store in the city center helps reduce the amount most people drive.

Walk Raleigh

Guerrilla Wayfinding in Raleigh

Plus a look back at some of our favorite recent tactical urbanism installations.