A View of Detroit As Captured Beneath a Photographer's Dangling Feet

Dennis Maitland shoots the city from its highest perches, all while conquering his fear of heights


Percent of the Day: 51

Half of Detroit's children live in poverty, more than double the state average

Mark Byrnes

Bridges and Roads to a Better Michigan

Michigan's governor believes better infrastructure will make the state a bigger global economic hub

Brandon Bartoszek/Creative Commons

Fixing the Rust Belt by Shrinking It

New studies suggest that we can revitalize the Rust Belt by increasing core density


2011's Biggest Transportation Failures

The end of the Tampa-Orlando high-speed rail line, the death of a pedestrian near Atlanta and other low points from the year in city travel

Flickr/Kenn Chaplin

The Case for Congestion

Traffic provides cities money and robust street life - why should we do away with it?


Feds Sue Over Tough Chicago Vacant Buildings Law

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

Woodhead Architects

9 Non-Ugly Bus Terminals

These stations make bus travel bearable

Free Federal Money May Doom a Transit Center in Troy

The city's Tea Party mayor opposes the $8.5 million proposal because it will be completely paid for by Washington


The Problem With City Crime Rankings

Lists of the most dangerous cities don't actually tell us anything about those cities

Jacksonville Transportation Authority

Whatever Happened to the Downtown People Mover?

A brief history of the trendy transport mode that never quite was


Getting Pop-Ups to Take Root

Programs aim to make temporary business turn permanent

Courtesy OpenIDEO

Can a Single Good Idea Save Detroit?

Innovation platform OpenIDEO is searching for ideas to revitalize cities

Courtesy Interboro

Is Blotting the Best Solution for Shrinking Cities?

In places like Cleveland, Detroit, and Chicago, homeowners are being encouraged to expand the footprint of their properties

Flickr/Angela Anderson-Cobb

Detroit's New Bridge Is Going Nowhere

A local billionaire is bent on keeping control of Detroit's main connection to Canada, even if he has to stall the development of a new one indefinitely


Another Reason to Stop Building New Homes: Job Creation

Repairing existing residential buildings produces about 50 percent more jobs than building new ones


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?

Hazir Reka / Reuters

An Oil Company Buys Out an Entire ZIP Code

One Detroit refinery's unusual approach to reducing negative health effects

Where the Poorest Americans Live

After dropping for nearly a decade, the number of Americans living in extreme poverty is on the rise