Forget Subways. Austin Needs Mass Transit Gondolas

Conceived as an enclosed ski lift large enough for bikes, the "Wire" would create shortcuts for pedestrians and cyclists.


These Are the Cities That Can Show Us How to Create Jobs

America's most competitive large metros for job growth.


A Cross-Country Crusade Against Pointless Bike Deaths

The creators of "Spoke" will ride from San Francisco to Orlando exploring the hazards of riding in the United States.

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Where Your Sofa Is High-Demand Real Estate

New York City and San Francisco are the most "requested" destinations on

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The U.S. Cities Where Young Adults Are Most (and Least) Likely To Live at Home

Metro areas with low rates of marriage, high unemployment, and low educational attainment have the largest share of 'boomerang' kids.

5 Surprising Ways Animals Are Helping Cities

You've seen a police officer on horseback, but have you seen a goat in a department of public works uniform?


The Fastest Road in America

Texas bets drivers will pay more than $5 to drive 5 mph faster between San Antonio and Austin.


The Top U.S. Cities for New Home Construction

Where construction markets are picking up again.


Turning Old Beer Bottles Into Garden Mulch

Is there anything high-speed flexible impactors can't flail into gold?

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2012's Hottest Music Cities, According to SXSW

A statistical look at the leading indie rock scenes represented at this year's festival in Austin.

The City, Covered With Logos

Are corporate logos diminishing the sense of place in cities?

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Why Apple's New Campus Is Bad for Urban America

The company's sprawling, car-dependent new headquarters violates even the most basic tenets of smart growth and walkability.


Cool Combination of the Day: Austin + Apple

The company will build a swank new tech campus in the city, bringing in 3,600 new jobs.

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Zipcar's Cities of the Future

Zipcar ranks U.S. cities on innovation, sustainability, and creativity.

You Are Where You Wear

The often subtle (and occasionally lucrative) art of expressing city pride, via t-shirt.

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Should Building Taller Be Much, Much Easier?

Effective height restrictions may be hurting more of our cities than we realize.


Where the Jobs Will Be in 2020

A critical look at the Bureau of Labor Statistics' employment projections for the rest of the decade.


The Problem with Naming Transit Stations

Commercialism is only one of many reasons for cities not to sell out their stops

The Best Of 'Best Ofs' of 2011

A round-up of the strangest city highlights from alternative weeklies around the country