Matthew Tichenor / Flickr

Trees Can Make Waiting for the Bus Feel Shorter

In the Twin Cities they made a 10-minute wait feel like a breezy 7 minutes.

Minnesota DOT

How Lindström Got Its Dots Back

Thanks to some sweeping government action, umlauts have returned to highway signs for this Minnesota town.


How the Twin Cities Are Closing Their Big Workforce Diversity Gap

Local leaders are using a "do-test-learn" approach that other cities can emulate.

University of Minnesota

Don't Expect to Ride in Driverless Buses Anytime Soon

But partial autonomous technology can still improve transit systems.

AP images

Why the Justice Department Chose These 6 Cities for Its Police-Community Relations Pilot

The government hopes they can serve as a blueprint for others across the country.

Stefan Georgi / Flickr

2 Notes of Caution on America's 'Record' Mass Transit Year

The dominance of New York, and the decline of bus ridership.

Reuters/Eric Miller

Minneapolis's White Lie

Despite being applauded by many, the "miraculous" prosperity of the Twin Cities is only a reality for a certain slice of their population.


Why Is America Dotted with Giant, Concrete Arrows?

These old air-mail beacons are visible all over the land (if you know where to look).

Transit Nerds / Flickr

What Does Living 'Close' to Transit Really Mean?

New studies suggest proximity to transit is quite flexible and could extend to a mile out.


Why an Affluent Suburb Rallied Behind Affordable Housing

A church and an interfaith housing group got Edina, Minnesota, to back a new project for at-risk youth—although a few holdouts remain.

Michal / Flickr

Bike-Share Is (Still) Struggling to Reach Poor People Across North America

Charting the equity problem in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

Janna Hottinger

Back to School: A Former Minneapolis Mayor Teaches 'Mayor 101'

Devout urbanist R.T. Rybak thinks his students can be better mayors and city planners than he was.

dailoPhoto / Flickr

The Future of Transportation Is Not All Flying Cars

What we've learned from our 9-month series on tomorrow's urban mobility.

Susan Sermoneta/Flickr

A Basic Shelter Can Make the Wait for the Bus Feel Shorter

Twin Cities riders believed transit arrived more quickly at shelters or stations compared with stops at curbside signs.

Ruin Raider/Flickr

How to Save America's Crumbling Bridges While Congress Gets Its Funding Act Together

Infrastructure sensors can detect safety hazards, improve traffic flows, and even help generate revenue.

RBD Enterprises

City Maps Made by Judgmental Jerks

These fearlessly biased maps point out areas of "religious wackadoodles," "white guilt," and "Kardashian watchers."

Shinya Suzuki/Flickr

The Most Persuasive Evidence Yet that Bike-Share Serves as Public Transit

It substitutes for short trips in the core, and expands service on the outskirts.

Courtesy of Nice Ride Minnesota

This Really Might Be the Nicest Bike-Share System in the United States

A Twin Cities-based service based on Minnesota values is embraced by an unexpectedly robust marketplace.

Aaron Hockley/Flickr

A Surprising Number of Bank Robbers Use Mass Transit for Their 'Getaway'

In the modern city, criminality meets multimodality.