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Library of Congress

Reality Check: Cars Didn't Save Our Cities From Being Buried in Horse Manure

An increasingly relevant history lesson.

Associated Press

America's Neglect of its Railroads Is Turning Deadly

If we can't even invest of the safety of what we've got, the future of public transport could be under threat.

Butchers & Bicycles

Finally, a Bicycle Ad That's as Sexy as One for a Car

In which we're told that riding a bike is cool and edgy and just might help you pick up some babes.

SERIES

City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

AP

Why Correcting Misperceptions About Mass Transit May Be More Important Than Improving Service

Attitudes toward public transportation and concerns about safety have a huge influence over whether or not a person rides.

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This Is Your Brain on Cars

Paul Salopek is sharing his insights during a seven-year walk around the world.

Google Street View

Neurotic Travelers Get a Holiday Gift From Google Street View

The service has started mapping airports and other transportation hubs.

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OSM

Tracing the World's Most Complicated Roadways With GPS Data

How highway interchanges become beautiful color-coded open-source maps.

Photos

How New Yorkers Reacted When a Stranger Slept on Them in the Subway

To sleep, perchance to freak out some fellow commuters.

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Why U.S. Immigrants Drive Less Than Natives

New insights from focus groups with recent arrivals who settled in New Jersey.

London's Tube Joins an Elite Group of Cities to Offer All-Night Subway Service

Just a handful of places offer that option to commuters.

The Lost Excitement, Pathos, and Beauty of the Railroad Timetable

An elegy for the paper symbol of the mechanical age.

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The Secret Art of Street Sweeping

How New York cleans 6,000 miles of roads every day.

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Why Cheese Brine Might Be the Answer to Our Icy Winter Roads

In Wisconsin, even the streets smell like cheese.

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How Your Mode of Travel Shapes Your Mental Map

Active travelers like walkers have a more complete sense of space than passive ones.

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Your Long Commute Is Sapping Your Will to Care About Politics

And it's not because time spent in your car is time you can't spend reading Politico.

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Reuters

Traveling to School Shouldn't Be This Difficult or Dangerous for Children

Examples of just how difficult it is for children around the world to access education

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Maybe the 'Broken Windows' Strategy Could Cut Down on Traffic Deaths Too

Every 30 hours, a New Yorker is killed in a car crash. With the right approach, the NYPD could help bring that number way down.

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The Evolution of How We Build Airports

The shift from close-in spaces to far-flung outposts like Denver International reflects changes not only in travel, but in the culture.