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How to Make Waiting for the Bus Feel Much, Much Shorter

Transit users often feel like they're waiting about 50 percent longer than they actually are.

Beefing Up Population Density Won't Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions

A new map showing the carbon footprint for nearly every zip code indicates that suburbs are powerful greenhouse-gas emitters.

Where Can You Go in Your City to Take a Break From Being Mayor?

Getting away from the job when you're always on the job.

Atlanta Makes a (Modest) Push for Transit Regionalism

But one website for all riders in the metro area is only a start.


We Don't Know Nearly As Much About the Link Between Public Health and Urban Planning As We Think We Do

Car culture may not be making us sick. Cities aren't necessarily healthier than suburbs.

What's the Most Frustrating Part of Your Job?

Mayors open up about the stuff that gets them down.

Why Has No Sitting Mayor Ever Become President of the United States?

A few have tried, but none have succeeded.

Outside of Your Staff, Who Do You Listen to the Most?

Mayors explain how friends and associates quickly become crucial advisers.


Why Some Expensive Cities May Be More Affordable Than We Think

A different way of measuring what we spend on housing.

Who Runs Your Twitter Feed?

When it comes to social media at the municipal level, not everyone is a Cory Booker.


The Atlanta Braves Are Getting a New Stadium and Yes, That Is Ridiculous

Turner Field hosted its first baseball game in 1997. It will host its last one in 2016.

What's the First Thing You Do When You Arrive at City Hall Each Day?

You asked. Mayors answered.


How States Rejecting the Medicaid Expansion Sabotaged Their Biggest Cities

Major urban areas are magnets for the uninsured, and the state politicians who turned down the Medicaid expansion are not the ones who will pay to treat them.

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The Inevitable Death of All Music Scenes

NYC's art-punk golden age, Chapel Hill's indie-rock community, and Memphis's Stax Records all declined in about the same way: The underdogs became the establishment.

The Problem With Defining 'Downtown'

And counting all of the people (and jobs) who have supposedly moved there.


Have We Reached Peak Sprawl?

What Atlanta's shifting real estate landscape might mean for the future of the country.


This Bizarre 1980s Atlanta Promo Video Celebrates ... Highways and Office Parks

It offers up strange collection of "urban amenities," including shopping malls, and "futuristic" buildings.


Book Lovers Will Adore These Neat New Maps

Two ways to chart the connection between reading and place.


When Renters Invade the Cul-de-Sac

A menace coming to a nice community near you.