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The Rise of 'Urban Ecology'

Scientists have taken a new interest in how plant and animal life respond to the city.

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Why New York's Transit System Fared So Well During Sandy

A pre- and post-storm review, released by NYU's Rudin Center, has a few recommendations but mostly praise.

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Why Are States Passing Up Billions in Federal Transit Funds?

The GAO reports that only a tenth of $53 billion in flexible transportation funding went to transit in the past five years.

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6 Great Transit Maps That Aren't Transit Maps

From classic movies to the Mississippi River to a meta map of the world's transit systems.

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4 Reasons Retailers Don't Need Free Parking to Thrive

Shopkeepers consistently overestimate parking's role in their success.

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Hitler Pond to Judas Creek: A Brief History of Controversial Place Names

As Russia considers reviving "Stalingrad," we scan the map for other unsavory historical figures.

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Can We Please Stop Pretending Cars Are Greener Than Transit?

Freakonomics revives a tried, and tired, debate.

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An Indirect Damage of Terror Attacks: Higher Traffic Fatalities

New research suggests people drive more after transit is targeted, even though the choice actually elevates their safety risk.

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Micro-Apartments So Nice You'll Wish Your Place Was This Small

Developer Patrick Kennedy believes tiny dwellings will "get huge" in cities across the country.

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Residential Mobility Changes the Way You Make Friends

A new study finds that moving a lot leads to loneliness — but also leads us to expand our social networks.

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What Cities Stand to Lose From the Fiscal Cliff

The urban programs that would suffer most from budget sequestration.

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The Architectural Spectacle That Is Munich's Metro

Photographer Nick Frank discusses his sharp, colorful, deserted shots of the stylish system.

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We Shouldn't Be Surprised That Most Transit Referendums Won

Last week's results are very encouraging — but they're actually in line with recent success rates.

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A Simple Way to Reduce Urban Poverty: Pave Streets

New research finds that paving streets boosts housing wealth, which boosts credit use, which boosts household consumption — all for little cost.

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Would We Leave Disaster-Prone Cities in the Absence of FEMA?

Economist Matthew Kahn wonders how coastal areas might adapt to climate change without federal assistance.

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Do Foreclosures Increase Crime After All?

On the heels of a study that showed no link between home closures and crime, new research finds a clear (though modest) connection.

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3 Gubernatorial Toss-Ups With High Urban Stakes

A Cities guide to the very close state-level elections.

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Gas Shortage Underscores NYC's Move Away From Hybrid Cabs

A taxi lobby has fought the city's efforts toward a fuel-efficient fleet — and won.

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Next for New York: Real Flood Prevention Plans

Once the city recovers, it will have to decide what to do about the next storm.