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How the Trucking Industry Could Be Vastly More Efficient

Meet Transfix, a start-up that fashions itself "Uber for trucks."

Alana Semuels

Should Urban Universities Help Their Neighbors?

The housing crisis decimated communities near the University of Chicago, now the school and other organizations are trying to stabilize them.

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In Southwest Chicago, Environmental Groups Must Also Grapple With a Sluggish Economy

After working together to shut down a pair of coal plants, three grassroots organizations no longer see exactly eye to eye on the best way forward for their community.

Chicago Is a Wonderland of Fat-Themed Businesses

Fat Daddy's, Fat Sam's, Fat Tony's, Fat Ricky's, Fat Boys, Fatty Magoo's... what's behind this celebration of big-bonedness?

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How Super-Small, European-Style Delivery Vehicles Could Make U.S. Streets Safer

A growing class of cargo vans enables smarter intersection design.

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Chicago Has More 'Avenues,' While San Francisco Prefers 'Terraces'

An analysis of roadway suffixes in six major U.S. cities reveals differences rooted in history.

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The Economic Case for a New Chicago Area Trail

Steve Buchtel pitched the 26-mile Cal-Sag Trail, which will stitch together disparate suburbs of Chicago, as offering benefits beyond recreation.

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One Wisconsin City Gets Visited by a Fleet of 'Hole-Punch' Clouds

These immense sky divots are the result of human activity.

Aminimal Studio

This City-Map Jewelry Is Made with GPS Data

"Urban Gridded Dogtags" take cartographic bling to the next level.

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A Chat with Amtrak's CEO on the State of U.S. Passenger Rail

Joseph Boardman on federal funding, long-distance routes, and operating "as a business."

3 Ways That Turning Parking Spots Into Parklets Helps Businesses

They increase foot traffic, attention, and in some cases, spending.

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The Future of Transportation Is Not All Flying Cars

What we've learned from our 9-month series on tomorrow's urban mobility.

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The Carless Commute Ranking to End All Carless Commute Rankings

A new report ranks U.S. metros based on how many jobs residents can access by transit during the morning rush.

An Addictive Tool Tracks the Explosive Expansion of the World's Megacities

Examining swelling urban borders over the past 100 years.


The New, Improved Generation of Instant Delivery Services

This time around, they might actually work.

It's Crucial Not to Forget That Nearly Everyone Still Drives to Work

In every urban demographic group in our State of City poll, the majority commuted by car.

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Transportation Projects Don't Need to Take as Long as They Do

Using "lean" concepts, urban mobility can evolve as rapidly as iPhone apps.

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We Need to Think Bigger About Transit-Oriented Development

The growing popularity of bike-share represents a shift toward embracing shared-transport networks. But there's a much larger picture to consider.

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Why Commute Times Don't Change Much Even as a City Grows

Two words: balanced transportation.