Sarah Goodyear

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How a Michigan Family's Home Became a One-Deer Preserve

A heartwarming story of sensible local government intervention. 

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The Poor Will Always Be With Us. But Where Will We Let Them Live?

The "poor door" controversy on Manhattan's Upper West Side is only the most outlandish example of New York's uphill battle on affordable housing. 

Sarah Goodyear

In Defense of Urban Wild Space in Miami

A Walmart and a Chick-fil-A could replace some of the last remaining pine rocklands in the world. 

Streetfilms

How Parking Spaces Are Eating Our Cities Alive

More cities are beginning to scale back on spots, seeing them as wasted space.

Reuters/Ilya Naymushin

A New Book Takes You Beyond the Edges of the Mapped World

Alastair Bonnett uncovers some of the globe's most cloistered places—and argues some should stay that way.

Sarah Goodyear

Can Murals Change a Neighborhood?

In New York's Brownsville community, a large-scale art project aims to do more than just beautify. 

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This Really Might Be the Nicest Bike-Share System in the United States

A Twin Cities-based service based on Minnesota values is embraced by an unexpectedly robust marketplace.

Reuters/Brendan McDermid

How to Build Community Spirit Through Public Nudity

And other civics lessons from Reykjavík's unconventional former mayor.

Urban Reviewer

Every Master Plan in New York City History, Collected in a Single Place

A Brooklyn group tracked the history of the city's urban-renewal projects—and gave some still-vacant spots a future.

Mr.TinDC

Making the Real Estate Case for 'Walkable Urban Places'

"It's going to take 20 to 30 years to catch up with pent-up demand."

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Want Your Job to Scare You? Try Studying Distracted Driving

"I'm terrified when I walk," says one researcher. 

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Can Anyone Save Brooklyn's Kentile Floors Sign? Should They?

This isn't the first fight to save a historic piece of advertising, and it won't be the last. 

Streetfilms

How Parking Lots Became the Scourge of American Downtowns

"It's very hard for people to realize ... but this is the result of planning."

Reuters

New York's Big Step Toward Safer Streets for All

A package of legislation passed late last week, including "Cooper's Law," shows the city is finally getting serious about reducing traffic fatalities. 

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Do Drivers Discriminate Against Minorities at Crosswalks?

In an initial study, researchers found a large disparity. 

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The Worst Holiday Weekend for Red-Light Running Is Here

Memorial Day weekend is a bad time to drive overall. 

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Reclaiming the Space Where the Twin Towers Stood

A New Yorker's first impressions of the 9/11 Memorial Pavilion. 

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The Most Dangerous U.S. Cities for Pedestrians

Between 2003 and 2012, 47,025 pedestrians were killed by drivers in the United States.

AP

Chicago's Petcoke Woes Are Far From Over

Mayor Rahm Emanuel banned new or expanded refineries that produce the stuff, but the Southeast side is still dealing with what's already there.