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Why Most Northeast U.S. Intercity Travelers Still Drive

The price is just too right.

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How Washing Machines Could Use a Lot Less Water

Three MIT grad students have invented a washing-machine filter that cleans wastewater and reuses it over and over again.


Charge Your Phone for Free on This Solar Bench

The “Soofa” has two USB charging ports and tracks data on air quality, foot traffic, and radiation.

Meredith Wade

It’s Probably OK To Eat Fruit From City Trees

New research is good news for hungry urbanites.

Richard Mandelkorn

Why a Boston Suburb Combined Its High School and Senior Center

Result: a modern two-in-one complex that serves young and old.  


Whatever Hurricane Joaquin's Track, We're Still Getting Flooded

No matter which path the hurricane ends up taking, the Mid-Atlantic is in for an absolute rain bomb.

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.

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Why More Seniors Are Forming Their Own 'Villages'

Since the founding of Beacon Hill Village in 2002, this model of aging in place has spread to 40 U.S. states.

MIT AgeLab

Prototyping the Age-Ready City

At MIT’s AgeLab, researchers work on autonomous wheelchairs, neighborhood design for the cognitively impaired, and a host of other strategies to prepare for the “silver tsunami.”

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America’s Great Infrastructure Stagnation

The entire system of fixing old roads and rails and financing new ones is breaking down—just ask Boston.

Bees in Massachusetts Are Riddled With Pesticides

Their pollen and honey contain substances linked to Colony Collapse Disorder.

Historic Polonia Preservation District

There's Somehow Still an Enormous Snow Pile in Buffalo

It’s up to 20 feet high, is filthy, and reportedly is growing grass on the top.

Barr Foundation

Can Boston Become America's Best BRT Town?

A new plan outlines five corridors that have the makings of “gold standard” bus-rapid transit.


Boston's Nasty Snow Pile Still Hasn't Melted

Guess when it will and you might win a meeting with the mayor.

Alana Semuels

New Balance Bought Its Own Commuter Rail Station

Instead of asking Boston’s cash-strapped public transit system to add a stop, the company simply paid for one itself.

Janet Echelman

Boston Unveils an Enormous, Rainbow-Colored Spiderweb

The 600-foot-wide artwork, hanging hundreds of feet in the air, required 100 miles of rope.

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A Marathon Through the Shadows

Despite the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial, Boston's annual race begins to resemble itself.

City of Boston

Why Crowdsourcing City Projects Actually Works for Boston

The city has made a habit of soliciting insight on municipal projects from its well-educated residents—but with strict guidelines.