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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

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Civic Symbolism: A Survey of City Hall Architecture

Which city hall buildings manage to capture something specific about a city's culture?

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Why Walkable Cities Aren't Always the Ones You'd Think

Factors like bad weather and long commutes don't make a place less walkable

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5 Great U.S. City Parking Apps

The next generation of parking technology does much more than just locate available spots

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The World's Best Subway Maps

20 mass transit maps worthy of hanging on your wall

andrewmalone

How Happy Are You With Your City? Somerville Finds Out

Boston suburb asks its citizens to rate their happiness

Place Pulse

Can You Tell if a Street is Safe Just By Looking?

Comparing images of cities and neighborhoods to gather data on perceptions of place

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Is Bicycle Commuting Really Catching On? And if So, Where?

A survey of 55 major U.S. cities shows big gains in many places, but plenty of regional variation