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The Surprising Key to Making Transit-Oriented Development Work

Turns out quality matters less than government support.

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A School Devoted Entirely to the 'Science of Cities'

The Center for Urban Science and Progress wants to study city problems — and to solve them.

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A Fantastically Clear, Concise Explanation of Why Traffic Happens

Tom Vanderbilt on how human behavior makes congestion worse than it needs to be.

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How D.C. Set 3 Bad Bike Lane Precedents With a Single Decision

On M Street, the city has compromised rider safety, placed private interests above public, and let parking rule the day.

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These 2 Charts Prove American Drivers Don't Pay Enough for Roads

The failure is especially clear when compared to spending by Europeans.

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When It Comes to Streetcars and Economic Development, There's So Much We Don't Know

Both BRT and streetcars are championed as tools for development. But only one has evidence to back that up.

The Ridiculous Mistakes Artists Make When They Try to Draw the U.S. From Memory

Cy Twombly left out New Mexico "because otherwise the map would look like underpants."

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Living Near Good Transit May Make You Happier

A great subway or light rail line can actually lift your mood.

How Are Those Cities of the Future Coming Along?

A brief update on PlanIT Valley, Masdar, Konza Techno City, and Songdo.

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No, Bike Lanes Don't Hurt Retail Business

They may even bring in more customers, according to a recent Seattle case study.

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One City's Long, Ongoing Struggle to Launch a Transit System

Arlington, Texas, recently got its first bus line — but it's hardly a comprehensive approach to public transportation.

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Meet the Next-Generation Bus

Imagine: instead of stopping for gas, a bus that could recharge while at a red light.

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Audio Bus Ads: Too Intrusive for Riders, or Too Much Money to Pass Up?

Compared to other recent transit marketing campaigns, these seem pretty tolerable.

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Let's Make Old Payphones Into Electric Car Chargers

It would address a major barrier to the use of EVs in big cities.

Charlotte Fights Its Anti-Transit Foes ... With Infographics

The "Truth About Transit" campaign offers an easy visual way to dispel popular myths.

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Texting a Driver Could Make You Liable for a Crash

A New Jersey court rules that senders bear responsibility if they've "knowingly engaged in distracting conduct."

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Finally, an Exercise App Built for Lazy People

Moves tracks daily walking, bike riding, running without any input from the user at all.

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Animals May Evolve Bigger Brains to Handle City Life

A new study illustrates how species adapt when humans alter the environment.

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The Suburbs Are Dead, Long Live the Suburbs

Leigh Gallagher on her new book, The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream Is Moving.