Sarah Goodyear

Reuters

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.

Reuters

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.

Reuters

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.

Martha Cooper

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"?

Ramiro Gomez

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

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

Reuters

Can City Dwellers Have Nice Things?

Violence at New York's McCarren Park Pool has some suggesting all urban resources fall prey to the tragedy of the commons. Here's why this thinking is flawed.

Pop Up Rockwell

Sometimes the Simplest Ideas Make the Best Pop-Ups

Five blocks of a downtown Cleveland boulevard were temporarily transformed this spring.

Flickr

Of Storefronts, Soulless Banks, and the Slow Death of Nora Ephron's Upper West Side

A walk down Broadway used to be all jangle and buzz, an urban improvisation of sound and action. Now it’s more like a prerecorded loop that repeats block after block.

City College of New York

Obesity's Spread Across America Looks Like a Virus

The country's most pressing non-contagious health crisis seems to act like it is one. What does that mean for public health policy?

Nipwitz

Insane 'Free Skiing' in the Urban Ruins of Industrial Russia

A group of hardcore Finnish free-ski stylists are making amazing videos amid the urban landscapes of Northern and Eastern Europe.

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What's Making China Fat?

Obesity rates have skyrocketed in China over the last generation, at the same time that its cities have exploded. A group of researchers is now trying to pin down the relationship between the two.

NYC Dept. of Transportation

Freeway Removal Hits a Roadblock in the Bronx

Reports of the death of the Sheridan Expressway have been greatly exaggerated.

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Debating the Root Causes of Zombie Infrastructure

A vacant Michigan strip mall becomes a symbol in a Congressional primary race, but it's really part of a much broader problem.

Flickr/Frans Schouwenburg

How Urban Design Affects Ethnic or Religious Tensions

You can't design your way out of conflict, but the way we build neighborhoods can either help or hinder polarized communities, and maybe even prevent radicalization in the first place.

StreetMuseum

Can Our Smart Phones Convince Us to Walk More?

How Americans might be able to leverage technology to get back in our pedestrian groove.

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The Rise of the Citizen Cyclist

As cycling goes mainstream, hardcore riders in New York City complain about being tamed. Here's why they're wrong.

Shuttestock

How to Handle a City of Tourists

New Yorkers have always had a love-hate relationship with visitors.