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The Flashing Yellow Turn Signal: Good for Drivers, Bad for Pedestrians

Drivers focus so much on oncoming cars that they fail to notice walkers.

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There's a Good Reason We're Anxious About Expanding Subway Cell Service

People have an especially hard time ignoring half a conversation because we can't predict what's coming next.

The Man Who Turns Toronto's Sewers Into Art

Michael Cook documents city pipes to raise awareness of water infrastructure problems.

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Ho Chi Minh City Scrambling to Put Transit in Place Before People Start Buying Cars

"Once people get into a car, it's hard to get them out."

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Housing Status Plays a Surprisingly Large Role in Post-Disaster Distress

Traditionally, researchers have focused on race, class, and gender to explain mental anguish. A new study suggests they've ignored an key factor.

Skyscraper Trees: Good or Gimmicky?

Debating the merits of planting forests on the sides of tall buildings.

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Do Long Commutes Discourage Married Women From Working?

A new study finds that they do — to a very considerable extent.

5 Sustainable Infrastructure Projects Other Cities Might Want to Copy

BRT-Lite in Lagos, zero-carbon in Masdar, recycling in Curitiba, and more.

Photo or Painting? With These Cityscapes, It's Almost Impossible to Tell

British painter Nathan Walsh brings a photo-realism style to urban landscapes.

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3 Reasons to Keep Amtrak's Long-Distance Trains Running

Even though they lose about a half a billion dollars a year.

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Smart, Practical Tips for Building a More Comfortable Subway Car

A new report zooms in on how people actually want to use the subway, giving rise to a hypothetical train design for the future.

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Resilience Does Tend to Follow Horror

If there's an uplifting lesson from Boston, it may be the many people who will overcome the trauma of tragedy.

Can You Tell the Difference Between These Pictures of New York and Mumbai?

One photographer's quest to capture the similarities between the two cities.

The Sorry State of the New York-New Jersey Public Transit Connection

The two states desperately need a new link — but with every new plan comes a new problem.

Boston Wants You to Design a Better Transit Map

The MBTA has opened a competition to the public. And a good thing too - the current map has serious flaws.

One Man's Obsessive Mission to Draw Every Building in New York

A new book by Australian artist James Gulliver Hancock captures all the ones he's done so far.

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Some People Will Do Crazy Things for a Rent-Controlled Apartment in NYC

One example: pretend their dead aunt is alive. For four years.

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Should We Be Zoning With Crime in Mind?

If residential areas are safer than commercial ones, it would seem so.

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15 Ideas for Making Amtrak's Northeast Corridor Better

The federal government has prepared a short list that includes 220 mph trains.