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U.S. Cities Are Losing 4 Million Trees a Year

Tree coverage is steadily shrinking in urban America, according to a new study of aerial photos.

Courtesy of New York State DOT

The Death Row of Urban Highways, Part 2

A look at five more city-infringing freeways targeted for much-needed demolition.

Reuters

Congress Is Toying With the Future of Mass Transit

A proposal to eliminate a share of the federal gas tax dedicated to public transportation would devastate urban mobility.

Reuters

The Oz of Los Angeles Traffic Lights

How the city controls its traffic system, then and now.

Reuters

What Taxis Add to Public Transit

Cabs don't have to compete with buses and subways - they can complement them.

Reuters

A Lukewarm Report Card for High-Occupancy Toll Lanes

These roadways have performed well by some traffic standards, but problems remain.

Reuters

Public Transportation's Hidden Gender Imbalance

A new Stanford study says women ride transit more often than men. How can we better accommodate their needs?

Dan Taylor

How to Find the Least Crowded Subway Car

A British blogger conceives an answer: digital platforms that indicate the passenger volumes of various cars.

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Why Chinatown Buses Are Still So Popular

Given other curbside alternatives, why do many intercity travelers remain loyal to the Chinatown service?

Reuters

Love in a Subway Car

Just in time for Valentine's Day, the Philadelphia transit agency is asking couples who met on board to share their stories.

Reuters

The Challenges of Burying the Dead in Urban Asia

Space restraints have led to new rituals in Far Eastern cities.

Reuters

Should the Post Office Be Saved?

Today's business-centric view of the mail system stands in contrast to its historical civic mandate

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A Homeless Man's Unused Subway Card Empire

John Jones says he's made $20,000 reselling tossed Metrocards. Should that be legal?

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How a Civic Engagement Campaign Saved Ecuador's Biggest City

The revival of Guayaquil offers a powerful model for urban recovery

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The Municipal Feud That Made Hollywood

In 1937, a California city just southwest of Hollywood tried to change its name - to Hollywood

Courtesy: Cameron Booth

Translating the American Highway System Into a Subway Map

Graphic designer Cameron Booth gives a London Tube map treatment to America's roadways

Flickr/Lee Coursey

How to Entice Car Owners to Switch to Public Transit

A new report, based on an evaluation of Atlanta's transit system, suggests expanding into job centers and improving transfers

Flickr/Ed Yourton

How Our Brains Navigate the City

By using a mental map oriented to the north, says a group of psychologists

Reuters

What the Eurostar's Success Means for California HSR

A new study shows just how much high-speed rail dominates the Paris-to-London trip and concludes it would compete with air travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco