Emily Badger

Happy Holidays From Your Mayor

The best in season's greetings

The Rise of the Sharing Economy

Why millennials are choosing to rent or borrow so many things rather than buy them

The Burgeoning Field of Security Perimeter Design

As bollards and Jersey barriers become ubiquitous, architects and designers look for ways to make them less hideous

Finding the Route of Least Emissions

Experts are working on models that would bring green-routing to your GPS

Feds Sue Over Tough Chicago Vacant Buildings Law

Who should be responsible for abandoned homes? Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac say "not us"

Building a Better 'Burb, With Envy

A Long Island group is working to figure out how its village communities can attract and keep more young people

Imagining a City Without Its Public Transportation

The D.C. metro models how the region would change if there were no subways or buses

Learning to Drive a Taxi in London Changes Your Brain

According to a new study, drivers who master London's complicated street layouts actually grow their grey matter

The Missing Link of Climate Change: Single-Family Suburban Homes

It doesn’t solve the problem to buy a hybrid and retrofit your house if all of that takes place 20 miles from your job

The Building Code Violation Behind Occupy D.C.'s Sunday Standoff

Protesters were arrested after refusing to come down from the roof of a barnlike structure that had no foundation

The Washington That Never Was

A new exhibit explores the history of failed building proposals in the nation's capital

Medical Marijuana Laws May Lead to Fewer Traffic Deaths

Researchers link a drop in beer consumption, and resulting drunk driving, with the availability of medical pot

Bike Helmet Sharing Without the Cooties

How bike share programs can provide clean helmets for everyone 

The Case for Free Hospital Parking

Not all parking fees are created equal, and some may amount to a hidden medical cost

Note to Lenders: Inner-City Small Businesses Don't Need More Real Estate

Research shows federal programs designed to help small businesses aren't helping very much

How Do You Define Who's Homeless in a Recession?

With more families doubled up under the same roof, definitions that determine assistance are being stretched

Greening Vacant Lots Linked to Reduced Gun Violence

A 10-year effort to reclaim vacant lots in Philadelphia yields positive results

After a Weight Loss Challenge, Oklahoma City Seeks Walkability

Four years ago, Mayor Mick Cornett challenged residents to lose a collective 1 million pounds

Counting Parking Spots, From Above

Researchers at the University of Connecticut undertake a painstaking survey of parking infrastructure in cities