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NASA

America's Holiday Lights Can Be Seen from Space

They're especially bright in the suburbs, says NASA.

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Can High-Speed Rail Help Dallas Build a Great Transit System?

It may struggle to keep up with passenger demand if it doesn't.

Neighborhood Centers

How to Tackle Growing Suburban Poverty

Houston's Neighborhood Centers has spent years addressing this hidden problem—which will spread throughout the U.S.

California High-Speed Rail

Moving Forward with America's High-Speed Rail Projects

A status report on proposed lines in California, Texas, and the Northeast.

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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.

Neil Kremer / Flickr

What Old Transit Maps Can Teach Us About a City's Future

An analysis of once-rejected, later-constructed routes in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Houston.

Mike Simons/Getty Images

One Texas County Is Responsible for the Most Executions in the Country

Ten counties are responsible for more than a quarter of all U.S. executions, but one far surpasses all others.

Sean Davis / Flickr

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.

Courtesy JR Central

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.

Flickr user roy.luck

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.

Associated Press

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.

MPI

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.

Flickr user royluck

Can Houston Learn to Love Light Rail?

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

Reuters

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.

Flickr/Luis Toro

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

A complicated geography of churches, produce, and beer.