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Reviving New York Harbor With Oysters: Why Hasn't This Happened Yet?

It's been more than two years since Columbia University professor Kate Orff made waves with her "Oyster-tecture" proposal. She's still pushing.

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The Key to Reducing Congestion Could Just Be Less Selfish Driving

Most of us know better than to read and drive, but we’ve all been guilty of bad behavior at one point or another.

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Throwing It All Away: NYC Subway Trashes More Trash Cans

Transit officials say a pilot program has helped reduce garbage inside stations, but results elsewhere have been mixed.

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Pit Bulls, the Ultimate Urban Dog

Much like cities, pit bulls were unfairly maligned in this country for decades.

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Multigenerational Communities or Bust

Cities that don't work for people of all ages risk stagnating in the past.

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What Real Respect for Bicyclists Looks Like

Take a ride on this floating roundabout for cyclists, in the Netherlands of course.

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Pedestrians Keep Dying on Georgia Roads

A recent spate of deaths should prompt a new commitment to road safety. Instead, the opposite is happening.

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The Case for Separated Bike Lanes

It's time to recognize that most people are never going to "stop worrying and learn to love the traffic."

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The Trendification of Brooklyn and the Perils of a Successful Urban Brand

Now that USA Today has written about it, surely it's time to go back to being uncool again. I can hardly wait.

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Can All-Women Cities Solve Saudi Arabia's Productivity Problem?

Seems unlikely since a segregated city will never be as creative as a diverse one.

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The Sad Evolution of the Strip Mall

How the most car-friendly urban form went from quaint to grotesque.

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'Walk Score' Is Great, But it Still Doesn't Capture 'Walk Appeal'

We need other ways of quantifying walkability on our nation’s streets.

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The Emotional Impact of New Skyscrapers

When you love a city, every change in its skyline is a sign of how it has aged with you.

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Beach Volleyball Bikinis and Women's Bodies in Public Space

The perception of women’s bodies as public property to be commented upon and regulated is one of the universal undercurrents of urban life.

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A Saudi Woman Embarks on a 'Faceless Experiment'

Writer Rana Jarbou is blogging her experiences wearing the niqab in Riyadh.

A Man Builds, and Rebuilds, an Ideal City in LEGO

Scott Crawford created a model of his ideal Jackson, Mississippi - a pedestrian-friendly spot with lots of bike lanes and solar panels.

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The Junk Food Attitude Toward Place

We consume these places without thinking, like potato chips in front of the television, and America is full of them.

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How Street Art Is Changing a Miami Neighborhood

Is Wynwood a place where Miami’s creative minds come to hang out and work or "where art goes to die"?

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An L.A. Artist Makes Immigrant Workers Impossible to Ignore

Ramiro Gomez plants cardboard cutouts of domestic service employees in wealthy neighborhoods.