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Why the People in Charge of Transit Systems Should Be Required to Actually Ride Transit

It may sound obvious, but it's a big problem in cities across the country.

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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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Strategic Reforestation Could Be the Key to Fighting Ozone

Scientists working in smoggy Houston say planting a 1.5-square-mile forest would make the air more breathable.

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The Big Texas Plan to Copy Japan's High-Speed Rail Success

Texas Central Railway intends to build a Houston-Dallas line with private money.

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Houston's Plan to Get an Amazing New Bus System for No New Money

By eliminating route redundancies and emphasizing ridership, the city thinks it can get a better trip at the same price.

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California's Metros Take the Prize for 2014's Most-Polluted U.S. Cities

But they're not alone: roughly half the nation lives with unhealthy concentrations of ozone or particulate pollution.

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Two Very Different Types of Migrations Are Driving Growth in U.S. Cities

New York and L.A. are losing more Americans than they're gaining, but the flood of immigrants more than makes up for it.

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Can Houston Learn to Love Light Rail?

In a city where nine in ten drive to work, the answer could reshape the future.

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America's Biggest Metros Are Growing Much Faster Than Other Cities

The population of cities with more than a million people jumped 3.2 percent, much better than the 2.4 percent for the U.S. overall.

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Maybe Transit Isn't Surging After All

Questioning the numbers behind the new ridership "record."

The New York Metro's Economy Is Almost as Large as Australia's

How U.S. cities stack up economically worldwide.

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Why Houston Is Changing Its Alcohol-Sales Law to Help Food Deserts

A complicated geography of churches, produce, and beer.

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We Don't Know Nearly As Much About the Link Between Public Health and Urban Planning As We Think We Do

Car culture may not be making us sick. Cities aren't necessarily healthier than suburbs.

Chatting With a Guy Who Fishes for 'Mudcats' in a Storm Sewer

Kyle Naegeli of Texas says he's hauling in nice-sized catfish and bluegills from his suburban storm drain.

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3 U.S. Metro Areas Have Economies Larger Than Sweden

And other eye-popping comparisons.

Aaron Cassara

Where Atlantic Cities Readers Think Millennials Can Make It Now

Our series drew impassioned responses from city boosters and haters alike.

Aaron Cassara

'I Wanted to Be Successful, and I Could Do That in Houston'

Young professionals see the Texas boom town as a bastion of the traditional American Dream.

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How States Rejecting the Medicaid Expansion Sabotaged Their Biggest Cities

Major urban areas are magnets for the uninsured, and the state politicians who turned down the Medicaid expansion are not the ones who will pay to treat them.

The Sad Fate (But Historic Legacy) of the Houston Astrodome

Though now likely doomed for demolition, when the Astrodome first opened in 1965, it was a profoundly American invention.