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New York's Pursuit of a More Useful App Contest

After drawing criticism from the tech community, the city redefines how government app competitions can work efficiently.

Knight Foundation

The Knight Cities Challenge Draws Plans to Embrace Diversity

This year’s list of 144 finalists includes a bike-powered hot tub, a drive-in theater for African history, and a marketplace for immigrant cuisine.

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The High-Tech Features That Make Passports Secure

The flimsy pages and patriotic designs betray just how many security measures are hidden inside.

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Giving Cities Room to Experiment and Innovate

The latest round of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Innovation Teams program encourages cities to find solutions based on data analysis and a human-centered approach.

Uber

Finally, Uber Releases Data to Help Cities With Transit Planning

But it’s not the highly coveted numbers cities need. How helpful is the company’s new data tool?

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Buffalo Becomes First City to Bid Minimum Parking Goodbye

The city is overhauling its archaic zoning regulations, but does the move help its citizens as much as it helps developers?

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Can Sharing Rides Cut NYC's Fleet of 14,000 Taxis to 3,000?

That’s what a new MIT study suggests. But applying this math to the real world is more complicated.

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A Deep Dive Into China's 'Toilet Revolutions'

A $290 billion investment aims to upgrade public restrooms in its Rust Belt region to boost tourism. But locals need it as much as visitors.

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Understanding Cities Through Urban Gastronomy

“Activating the City,” a new exhibition in Seoul, looks at how the distribution and consumption of food shapes urban areas across the globe.

C40 Cities

Beyond Trump, The Next Big Climate Issue of 2017

As food and inequality play a larger part in climate politics, C40 Executive Director Mark Watts feels more positive than ever that cities hold the solutions.

WSDOT

A Flexible Bridge Bends the Rules of Earthquake Engineering

A new design in Seattle promises to stand strong after being rattled in a violent shakeup.

Esri

Mapping the Stark Rich-Poor Divide in Major U.S. Cities

A new project from Esri lays bare the geographic split between wealthy and lower-income neighborhoods.

PLP Architecture

Imagining a Traffic-Free Future By Sending Driverless Cars Underground

A radical proposal to solve congestion might be too beautiful for this world.

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Dust Settles on China's Forsaken Straddling Bus

Briefly hyped as the future of transit, it now sits indefinitely in an open shed.

Proterra

Meet the High-Tech Buses of Tomorrow

They’re zero-emissions. They drive themselves. And they’re longer than a blue whale. Can the humble city bus get a modern makeover?

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Mayors Set a Tight Deadline to Initiate Climate Action

The next four years will decide if the world can deliver on the Paris agreement, and cities are tasked with an ambitious call to jumpstart the effort.

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The Uncertainty of Trump's Policy on Global Development

The president-elect’s promise to put “America first” has the international community on edge about the fight to make cities worldwide more livable.

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This 'Living Bridge' Has a Lot to Say

With a network of sensors, New Hampshire's Memorial Bridge will constantly report back on its structural performance and the marine ecology below it.