Design

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The Complete Guide to 'Border Vacuums'

As Jane Jacobs preached, large-scale highways, parks, and big buildings can all divide communities, discouraging street life and sucking the life out of cities. Here’s how to spot (and fix) them.

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Oscar Boyson

A Globetrotting Filmmaker, Seeking Answers About Our Urban Future

Oscar Boyson’s documentary is a jet-setting look at problems and solutions in cities centers across the world.

Maps
Istanbul Urban Database/MIT

The Evolution of Istanbul, In Maps

Explore the crucial milestones in the life of the now-troubled city on this interactive platform.

Daniel D'Oca

Drawing Lessons From a Segregated History

Harvard urban planning professor Daniel D’Oca took his design grad students to Ferguson to see the impacts of racial zoning ordinances. They came back with some novel solutions.

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Madrid Will Ban Cars From Its Main Street

Gran Vía should be car-free within three years.

Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

This Month in Urbanism

A sampling of city-focused events around the world. This month: housing policy, innovations in design and technology, urban watersheds, and more.

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Sensible City Lab

Mapping the Urban Tree Canopy in Major Cities

MIT’s Treepedia reveals where the streets are greenest, and which ones could use more work.

Year in Review
Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Don't Call it the Blacksonian: Lonnie Bunch on America's Best New Museum

The founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture talks about what comes next for a museum drawing historic crowds to Washington, D.C.

Carlos Osorio/AP

The Best Cityreads of 2016

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we’ve come across in the past 365 days.

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City of Carmel

A Chat With the Mayor of Roundabout City, USA

Why is Carmel, Indiana, planning to build as many as 40 more roundabouts on top of its existing 102?

Videos
TfL Youtube Channel

London Assures the World It's Open and Diverse

Since the Brexit vote, an ad campaign has been reaffirming the British capital’s character as a multi-ethnic hub.

Year in Review
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The Fight to Save Copenhagen's Urban Trees

As rapid growth changes the Danish capital, one group is making sure the city understands why it needs its plant life.

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How a Region in Chile Survived an Earthquake With Just a Couple of Scratches

Most of the buildings and houses in the island of Chiloé are made out of lumber, which can resist strong shakes.

Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

For London, 2017 Could Be the Year That Makes or Breaks the City's Future

The U.K. capital debates the impact of Brexit—and much more.

Andrew Kelly/Reuters

Why Quality of Place Matters

Cultural amenities like parks and museums attract young talent to big cities. But how do they work for smaller cities or older people?

Year in Review
Marjolijn Pokorny

How a Bike Mayor Can Change a City

A bridge between cyclists and city hall, Amsterdam’s chief bike advocate plans to take her talents abroad in 2017.

Year in Review
SFMTrA

Building DIY Bike Lanes as a Form of Activism

Meet the shadowy group that’s arguably outpacing San Francisco when it comes to protected bike lanes.

Daniel Munoz/Reuters

How to Support Mental Health Through Urban Planning

This group advocates designing cities with emotional well-being in mind.