How Public Transit Celebrates the Holidays

A roundup of the best train lights and subway car decorations

The Folly of Corporate Relocation Incentives

When cities compete to lure big companies, no one wins

Visualizing the Chicago River Reversal

A recently uncovered collection of photographs documents this engineering feat

Feds Sue Over Tough Chicago Vacant Buildings Law

Who should be responsible for abandoned homes? Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac say "not us"

How We're Failing Our Parks

America has more city parks, but less money to pay for them

Are Crime Cameras Really Worth the Money?

Cities spend millions on high-tech systems. But after decades of research, we still don't know whether they work

The Future of Transit Fare Cards Is No Fare Card At All

Chicago and Philadelphia are doing away with fare cards in favor of an "open fare" system

The Geography of American Brands

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

The World's 10 Best Transit Poems

A short list of our favorite verses from public transportation around the globe

Chicago Asks Students to Help It Be More Transparent

A new Northwestern course starting in January tasks undergraduates with shining a light on city government

Postcard From Chicago

Tow truckers stealing cars and a fight over the gay pride parade route

Mapping Traffic Fatalities Across the Country

A new interactive map shows where drivers, bikers and pedestrians were killed 

The Most Artistic Cities in America

Some smaller neighborhoods maintain surprisingly vibrant artistic communities

Why Your Water Bill Must Go Up

America's water infrastructure crisis is going to get a lot worse—and a lot more expensive—before it gets better

Thanksgiving Boom Towns

Which cities will get the most visitors this holiday weekend?

For Once, the Federal Government Gets Sustainability Right

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

White Roofs Cool Cities More Than Trees

Reflective roofing programs may also be a vast deal more effective than green ones

Grocery Stores on Wheels

Mobile fresh food trucks are popping up in under-served neighborhoods all over the country

Drones on the Force

Unmanned aerial vehicles are becoming a hot new tool for police departments