The Tragic Geography of Disconnected Youth

One in seven young Americans are neither working nor going to school.


Big Cities, Bad Cities, Beer Cities: The Best #CityReads of the Week

Our weekly look back at the stories you may have missed.


The U.S. Airports Most Likely To Influence the Spread of Global Disease

The worst culprits aren't necessarily the ones you'd expect.


The Shopping Mall Turns 60 (and Prepares to Retire)

The inventor of the suburban indoor mall came to rue his creations. But now they are dying off anyway.

How Your City May Have Affected Your Raise

Wage growth varies considerably by metropolitan area, according to numbers from the most recent quarter.

CT Hsu & Associates, P.A.

Can a Parking Lot be 'Excellent'? You Betcha

The Orlando Magic's aluminum-plated garage and Duke University's green-walled parking lot are among the winners of the 2012 International Parking Institute competition.


The Toughest Re-Use: Grain Elevators

Not easy to convert, some cities still manage to find new ways to bring life to their abandoned grain elevators.

Flick/Dave Hogg

The End of the Domed Stadium

Once seen as a civic gem, demand for a permanently enclosed stadium has dwindled.

Carmichael Collective

Why Does This Bench Need an Instruction Sign?

Has the city's public-works department gone rogue?

Walk Score

Walk Score Launches Bike Score

How bikeable is your city?


The Uncertain Legacy of America's Pedestrian Malls

A look at some of America's most (and least) successful designs.

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Is the Retro Ballpark Movement Officially Over?

20 years since Camden Yards opened in Baltimore, a look back on the stadium design that's emerged since.

Steven Holl

City Life, Recreated in the Sky

To Antony Wood's mind, the future of cities is vertical, replete with super-tall buildings, rooftop parks and, yes, lots of skybridges.


Pink Lights, Talking Cameras, and High-Pitched Squeals: The World's Weirdest Anti-Loitering Technologies

Do any of these annoying strategies actually work?

Do Bike Paths Promote Bike Riding?

Research on the topic doesn't offer any clean answers — and two new reports just add to the confusion.


Getting a Handel on Transit Crime

Some public transportation systems are using classical music to deter criminals — but does it work?


America's Most Literate Cities Not Necessarily the Wealthiest

Central Connecticut State University's annual study found no correlation between the wealth of a city and its literacy rate.


Zen and the Art of Snow Plow Maintenance

When it comes to allocating resources to remove snow, cities can often only guess and hope for the best


List of the Day: America's Most Generous Cities

The places with the highest percent of givers