James Marvin Phelps/Flickr

What Does the Mojave Desert Sound Like?

It’s not desolate. The sky is streaked with planes hurtling to and from Los Angeles.

jennyrotten / Flickr

Should Cyclists Have to Stop at Stop Signs?

A proposal to make San Francisco the first major city to adopt the so-called “Idaho stop” is under intense debate.

Michael Walmsley/Vulcan Real Estate

The Newest Odd Couple: Real Estate Developers and Urban Farmers

It's an unexpected romance that's blossoming in surprising ways.

REUTERS/Lee Celano

New Orleans Has a New Jobs Program. But Can It Stop Bullets?

The city council has granted the mayor’s wish requiring local hiring for city-contracted projects. Will more jobs really mean less violence?

Case Studies in Transport Policy

The Benefits of Slower Traffic, Measured in Money and Lives

An unfortunate case study in political inaction.

AP/Tamir Kalifa

What Effect Will Shuttering Alabama DMV Offices Have on Black Voters?

The state has a strict voter ID law, yet more than 30 offices, many of them across the “Black Belt,” are set to close.


Law Enforcement Really Doesn't Like Civilian Oversight

In New Orleans and Chicago, police officials continue to butt heads with independent monitors while the NYPD takes some steps toward accountability.

Knight Foundation

The Knight Cities Challenge Returns

The Knight Foundation is inviting literally anyone to come up with the best project ideas for enhancing civic life.

Sergei Karpukhin / Reuters

Ikea's Possible Solution to Shrinking Apartments: Movable Walls

Just conjure up a bedroom at night, and then make it disappear.

Pierre Ciret

More Libraries Should Have Indoor Gardens

A French redesign of a train station would put in bookshelves, grass, and palm trees.

Welikia Project

Explore the Lush, Overgrown Ecology of 1600s Manhattan

Search block-by-block for the animals, plants, and Native Americans who occupied the island before European settlement.

Colin Ellard

How Our Evolving Brains Can Shape Cities

A neuroscientist takes his lab on the road to explore the psychology of the streets.

China Daily / REUTERS

This Suspended Glass Bridge in China is Stunning—If You Dare to Walk on It

“Brave Men’s Bridge” in the Hunan Province hovers 590 feet in the air.

REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

When Independent Police Oversight Becomes Too Independent

New Orleans’ independent police monitor released videos of police violence. Now her job is in danger.

Corredor Cultural Chapultepec

The Backlash to Mexico City's High Line-Style Park

Critics say the Corredor Cultural Chapultepec is not the kind of public space the city desperately needs.


Inside London's Fakest Tube Station

It’s like walking into a cartoon.

Topmix Permeable

A Parking Lot That Drinks Stormwater

Topmix Permeable concrete soaks up 4,000 liters in 60 seconds.

Ian Reynolds

This MIT Student Built a Real-Time MBTA Map for His Wall

Some frat brothers opt for Scarface posters. Ian Reynolds just wants to watch the trains arrive.

REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

How Global Warming Makes Overcrowded Prisons Even More Dangerous

As the world’s climate heats up, so do unconstitutional (and deadly) conditions in prisons.

Mayor's Office Photo by Isabel Leon

How Boston Gives Youth Control Over Part of the City Budget

City residents aged 12 to 25 divvy up $1 million in capital improvements annually.