Boston

Reuters

Where the World's Best Universities Are

Despite a flagging economy and supposedly waning global influence, America still comes out on top

Reuters

Why Sunlight Preservation Should Trump Local Control

Massachusetts is considering a bill that would limit sky rises, despite charges that it violates Boston's right to develop freely

Martin Prosperity Institute

The Geography of American Brands

Some U.S. cities have more top global brands than many large countries

PPS

The Long Road to Reviving Boston's Public Market

Once home to one of the country's first public markets, the city faces tough choices in bringing one back

SandVault Group

Bike Helmet Sharing Without the Cooties

How bike share programs can provide clean helmets for everyone 

Flickr/Luis Tamayo

The Bike Share Station Sponsorship Dance

As developers look to latch on to the popularity of bike sharing, winners and losers emerge

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For Once, the Federal Government Gets Sustainability Right

A new line of HUD grants will help communities improve their planning, mass transit and walkability

Bostonography

The Map Geeks Behind 'Bostonography'

Enterprising cartographers explore the mappability of Boston

Reuters

Do Nonprofit Hospitals Make Too Much Money?

Some of the most profitable hospitals in the nation are nonprofits, but they still receive tons of tax breaks

Reuters

When Mass Transit Riders Attack

Abuse of transit workers by passengers is rising in many cities - do service cuts and fare hikes play a factor?

Urban Planning in the iPhone Age

A new generation of apps make life easier for urban planners and urban dwellers

California High-Speed Rail Authority

History Gives Hope to California High-Speed Rail

What America's first-generation railroad system says about its next one

Where the 1% Live

The richest Americans are gathered in a handful of metropolitan areas

Reuters

City Smog Linked to Cognitive Deficits in Children

A growing body of evidence connects urban pollution with harmful brain alterations

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The Best and Worst of the World's Central Plazas and Squares

A pair of slideshows illuminating what makes a public gathering space work and what doesn't

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Why Did Some Streetcars Survive When Most Didn't?

Streetcars are making a comeback across the country, but in New Orleans, they never went away

Flickr/Mrs Gemstone

Commuting: One More Thing Europe Is Better At

A new tool makes it clear just how car-dependent Americans still are

Courtesy Code for America

Techies Embed in City Hall

Code for America provides fellows to cities to tackle local problems

Thermal Cities/Steve Lowe

CAT Scans for Cities

Researchers are using thermal imaging to diagnose energy efficiency in the built environment