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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

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

Commuting: One More Thing Europe Is Better At

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

Techies Embed in City Hall

Code for America provides fellows to cities to tackle local problems

CAT Scans for Cities

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

Civic Symbolism: A Survey of City Hall Architecture

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

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

5 Great U.S. City Parking Apps

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

The World's Best Subway Maps

20 mass transit maps worthy of hanging on your wall

How Happy Are You With Your City? Somerville Finds Out

Boston suburb asks its citizens to rate their happiness

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

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

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

America's 20 Most Economically Vibrant College Towns

With better jobs markets and high levels of state funding, these U.S. cities offer a lot more than just a place to go to school

State of Play: Playground Infrastructure in 20 Major U.S. Cities

Which major U.S. cities provide the best, and worst, mix of playgrounds for their youngest residents?

The 25 Most Economically Powerful Cities in the World

Most of the world's capacity for economic growth is centered in its metro areas. Which cities top the list?