New York

Where Homeowners Are Underwater

Obama has a new plan to help owners refinance their mortgages, but some places will benefit more than others

Andrea Comas / Reuters

How Many Trees is Enough?

When it comes to reducing pollution, the key isn't the number of trees you plant but where you plant them

Flickr/Jack Zalium

Paving the Road to Hell's Kitchen

One of New York City's most traffic-plagued neighborhoods gets a remake

Affordable Housing That Doesn't Scream 'Affordable'

Free from stigma and institutional homogeneity, these good looking buildings are in a class by themselves

Reuters

The Only Hope for Reducing Traffic

A new study makes the fundamental case for congestion pricing

Flickr/Amsterdamize

Bicycle Storage Solutions for a Bike-Crazed World

Space for bicycles on streets and in apartments is tight, but storage options are growing

REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Another Problem With Zuccotti Park: It Isn't a Very Good Park

Semi-coercing private companies into building parks is a good way to build some pretty bad parks

Yerwada Slum Upgrading Project, Pune, India, courtesy SDI

Design With, Instead of for, the Other 90%

A new exhibit reveals how architects and designers are embracing community participation in developing world projects

screenshot of parkpgh.org

5 Great U.S. City Parking Apps

The next generation of parking technology does much more than just locate available spots

Sarah Goodyear

Mapping the Trees of New York, One by One

The TreeKIT project aims to make it easier for residents to help care for neighborhood trees

Courtesy Queens Museum of New York

The Model City

The use of scale models in city planning has gone out of fashion, but interest in them as historical records remains high

Carlos Barria / Reuters

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

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

Courtesy Progressive Field

Keeping Stadium Neighborhoods Alive in the Off-Season

Cleveland finds a way to embrace winter at Progressive Field

Flick user: alexindigo, under a Creative Commons Licence

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.

Photo by Flickr user Nonsequiturlass, used under a Creative Commons license

5 Cities Where Mass Transit Riders Are Richer Than Drivers

Median rider income is well above that of auto commuters in Idaho Falls and a few other metro areas

Lisa Margonelli

Brooklyn's Super Convenient but Mostly Illegal Private Bus Service

Dollar Vans offer a much-needed transit link. What's so wrong about that?

REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

The Methodology of Bike-Share Station Placement in New York City

Taking lessons from its predecessors, America's largest city has crafted a three-pronged approach for bike-share deployment

REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Walking With Headphones: Only Dangerous Sometimes

Studies show cell phones, though not music players, confuse pedestrian senses

Classic Documentary on Public Space Now Available Online

The pioneering 'Social Life of Small Urban Spaces' explores public plazas and their uses