Eric Jaffe

Why Toronto Should Tear Down Its Urban Expressway

Removing an elevated city highway doesn’t always make traffic worse—some cars just disappear.

How Poverty Alters the Young Brain

New research reveals a strong connection between income and the surface area of several key neural regions.

How Much Money U.S. Transit Systems Lose Per Trip, in 1 Chart

Shocker: dense, compact cities tend to do better than others.

77 Ways to Design the Letter 'M'

Mass transit agencies around the world face the same conundrum: How to make what amounts to four straight lines distinctive.

Caption the Lives of These Unwitting London Pedestrians

A new digital art exhibit, Exhausting a Crowd, is a people-watcher’s dream.

We Still Basically Have No Idea What Happened With the Amtrak 188 Derailment

Most notably: whether or not the engineer was using his cell phone.

These Futuristic Driverless Car Intersections Forgot About Pedestrians and Cyclists

It would be a huge mistake for cities to undo all the progress being made on human-scale street design.

A Remarkably Simple, Low-Cost Way to Reduce Juvenile Crime: Thinking Slow

The intervention has been effective in Chicago schools and detention centers.

Watch 210 Years of Manhattan Densification in 2 Minutes

This visualization shows density peak in 1910, slip in the 20th century, then creep upward after 1980.

The New London Tube Map Is Getting Some Serious Hate

The folks at CityMetric, at least, are far from pleased.

Charting the Emotions of Every Room in the House

There’s “romance” in the master bedroom … and in the master bath.

Soon You'll Need a Parking Spot Before You Can Buy a Car in Beijing

Officials expect the plan to reduce congestion in the crowded city.

Once Upon a Time It Was Possible to Raise the Gas Tax

It’s been done before—by a Republican President, no less.

10 Bikes Take Up the Same Space as 1 Car in London

As this photograph from Camden attests.

How Wisconsin Highway Opponents Cried 'Peak Car' (and Won)

A federal district court ruled against a highway expansion on the grounds of flawed traffic predictions.

The Future of Car Ads Involves Taking Shots at Self-Driving Cars

There’s a little cognitive dissonance going on at Nissan.

The World Is Either Becoming a Much More Peaceful Place … or It Isn’t

A scholarly debate over the risk of war.

The Highway Lane Next to Yours Isn’t Really Moving Any Faster

It’s what researchers call a “roadway illusion.”

Car-Free Commuting Just Got a Whole Lot Easier in D.C.

Arlington County is developing a simple suite of tools it hopes can change the way people get to work.