Laura Bliss

Laura Bliss

Greece's Roadside Shrines Remind Drivers to Take It Slow

These elaborate mini-chapels abound on twisty highways off the mainland.

REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

Why Cities Are Key to Success at the Paris Climate Talks

Local transit and energy initiatives can scale up to significant carbon savings.

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

A Majority of Black D.C. Residents Say Redevelopment Has Mostly Been a Bad Thing

Affordable housing is a major concern in a new survey of District residents by The Washington Post.

AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

New York City Closed 29 High Schools. What Happened to the Students?

A new report shows Bloomberg’s controversial closures have had some positive effects, contrary to popular opinion.

Linguistic Roadshow

Scallops, Tuck Shops, and Bubblers: Mapping the Australian Lexicon

The country may not have dramatic regional accents, but variants in vocabulary abound.

Taco Bell

The Original Taco Bell Has Been Saved From Demolition

Watch live on the web as the 1960s Mission-style building gets relocated to corporate headquarters for safekeeping.

Laura Bliss

Explore the Creepy Underground Pedestrian Tunnels of Downtown L.A.

This network of concrete passageways has an eerie past.

AP Photo/Alan Diaz

What If Cycling Became a Whole Lot More Popular?

A new report calculates how much the world would benefit—especially the environment—from a global shift to more riding.

REUTERS/Mike Segar

The Pessimism of White, Working-Class America

Negative views on immigration and discrimination may be connected to the demographic’s rising mortality rates.

AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Is Uber Transit's Enemy or Its Friend?

Researchers will use unreleased, proprietary data to answer a question that’s rightly troubled cities.

REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

How Friday's Attacks Raise the Stakes For the Paris Climate Talks

The link between climate change and radicalism is complex, and it has never been so important to understand.

AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

Don't Mourn Miami Just Yet

Local actions to fight climate change in the Miami-Dade area set an example for the world.

Omar Bárcena / Flickr

Why West Coast Drivers Add 'The' to Their Freeway Numbers

It’s not an affectation of the car-obsessed—it’s history.

Google Maps

Amid the Bay Area's Housing Crisis, Palo Alto is 'Preserving' One-Story Homes

A zoning change in a “historic” neighborhood disguises politics as preservation.

AP Photo/Charles Krupa

Boys Are Finally Part of the Plan to Lower Teen Pregnancy Rates

A new counseling program aimed specifically at young men has its work cut out.

AP Photo/David Goldman

And on the Sixth Day, Google Maps Created Offline Access

And it was good.

MIT Senseable City Lab

A Microbial Map of the City

Urban sewers are rich repositories of information on human health and behavior, MIT researchers believe.

AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

In Dry California, Dams or High-Speed Rail Is a False Choice

The flaws in House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s favorite argument.