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14 U.S. Infrastructure Projects Get Federal Fast-Tracking

Permitting and environmental review will be expedited, pushing for final approval within 18 months

Gary Leonard

L.A.'s Citywide Block Party

Sunday's 10-mile street closure in Los Angeles is a sign of progress in a city short on public space

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The Best and Worst of Official City Flags

They're less visible, but most cities have flags just like countries or states. Some are great. Others, not so much.

Michele Weisbart

Combating Obesity with Street Design

A new manual from L.A. County seeks to improve public health via the built environment

Fairmount Park in Riverside, Calif. (Courtesy APA)

Great Neighborhoods, Streets, and Public Spaces for 2011

30 examples of great places in American cities from the American Planning Association

REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

The Big Cities of a Child's Imagination

Recollections of what the wider urban world seemed like as a kid growing up in a small Southern city

REUTERS/John Gress

The Joy of Parking in Chicago

In a global survey of 20 cities, finding a spot ranks toughest in New Delhi, easiest in the Windy City

Reuters/Lucy Nicholson

Is Rush Hour Expanding?

More than 40 percent of congestion delays occur during off-peak hours

Reuters/Kimberly White

The Math Behind Sacking Disposable Bags

How a variety of policies aimed at reducing the environmental impact of shopping bags are working

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The War on Red-Light Cameras

Houston and L.A. recently turned theirs off. Will others join them?

Alternative Apparel/Stephen Zeigler

Urban Gleaning Goes Mainstream

Organizations across North America are reclaiming a bounty of fresh fruit

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Is Bicycle Commuting Really Catching On? And if So, Where?

A survey of 55 major U.S. cities shows big gains in many places, but plenty of regional variation

Courtesy Marmol Radziner

Trailer Parks as Models for Affordable Housing

Santa Monica's new breed of mobile homes are stylish and sustainable

Courtesy California High-Speed Rail Authority

The Future of California's High-Speed Rail Is in Private Sector Hands

With cost estimates rising, a commitment of additional state funds for high-speed rail seems all but impossible

Courtesy Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program

The Metropolitan Moment

Urban communities represent the true economic geography

State of Play: Playground Infrastructure in 20 Major U.S. Cities

Which major U.S. cities provide the best, and worst, mix of playgrounds for their youngest residents?

Courtesy NASA Visible Earth catalog

Defining Cities in a Metropolitan World

Eight different ways to measure and think about what makes a city

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Urban School Reform as Housing Policy

The link between schooling and place isn’t going away any time soon