Sarah Goodyear

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. 

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How Parking Lots Became the Scourge of American Downtowns

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

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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.

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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. 

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The Self-Described 'Hermit' Who Took Some of History's Most Unforgettable Pictures of Coney Island

Photographer Aaron Rose spent a lifetime hiding in plain sight. 

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Is There Such a Thing as a 'Masculine' Way to Ride a Bike?

Men who ride bicycles share their stories. 

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A Photographer Walks Through Tulsa

Mike Simons of the Tulsa World is traveling on foot in the parts of his city that most people drive through as fast as they can.

Zachary Tyler Newton (Van Alen Institute)

The Quest to Measure the Brain's Response to Urban Design

"It's the holy grail for architects."

How Not to Lock a Bike Like an Idiot

Tips from an exasperated New York City bike mechanic. 

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How One Suburb Made School Buses Obsolete

The key is density, and locating schools in the town's core.

A New Map Gives New Yorkers the Power to Report Traffic Hazards

Used well, it could serve as a powerful example of a city's ability to mine the collective knowledge of its residents for good.

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How E-ZPass Lanes Could Make Premature Births Less Common

The automated tolls cut down on air pollution, which in turn improves the health of pregnant women.