Nate Berg

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How San Francisco Is Designing Its Metro Train of the Future

BART cars are about to get their first real overhaul since the system launched in 1972.

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If an Electric Bike Is Ever Going to Hit It Big in the U.S., It's This One

Is the Copenhagen Wheel poised to become the next big thing in alternative urban transportation?

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A New Database Aims to Keep Los Angeles from Forgetting Itself

SurveyLA is using a pilot version of special software to document the city's historic architecture. Yes, L.A. has some of that.

Nate Berg

The Sidewalk of the Future Is Not So Concrete

Cities are experimenting with different materials — from heated panels to flexible rubber — but the best replacement has yet to emerge.

Nate Berg

What Running Out of Power in a Tesla on the Side of a Highway Taught Me About the Road Trip of Tomorrow

A lesson in range anxiety on the country's emerging Supercharger network.

Illustration by Mark Byrnes

Why Can't We Just Host the Olympics in the Same Place Every Year?

Economists agree: the Olympics are bad for cities. There's an obvious solution.

Annette M. Kim

Beijing's Bomb Shelter-Dwellers May Be Making a Rational Choice About Their Commute

The Chinese capital estimates 10 percent of its population lives in tiny, below-ground apartments. Are they crazy or clever?

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The Power of the Movable Chair

A New York design competition aims to add more flexibility to The Battery.

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Street Cleaning: The Video Game

Get behind the driver's seat to experience the exciting world of street sweeping firsthand.

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What's a Language Worth to a Small Town in Scotland?

A fisherman's dialect dies out.

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Chestnuts Singing in a Public Park

A public art installation turns falling nuts into light and sound. For tree preservation, of course.

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Imagine Walking Down to the Corner to Pick Your Own Apple

More cities are considering turning their street trees into food sources.

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The Hidden Cost of Counting the Homeless

A professor criticizes the "culture of quantification," arguing that we don't do enough with the data we collect.

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England's Novel Idea for Funding Affordable Housing

Officials propose using the money from the sale of radio frequencies to pay for new housing stock.

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A 50,000-Person, 217-Mile March for Land Reform

Landless Indians are taking their concerns to the capital en masse.

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Will Ousted Georgian President's Instant City Live On?

Plans to build a city of 500,000 from scratch may not survive after he leaves office.

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Sustainable Transportation Simply May Require a Top-Down Approach

Mandated planning improves metro area transit patterns, but maybe not enough.

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Can We Recreate the Theater of the Street On Screen?

A marketing campaign's cameras turn a select number of public spaces into stages.

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Africa's Urbanizing, But Not How You Think

Urban growth isn't necessarily streaming in from the countryside.