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Why Most Northeast U.S. Intercity Travelers Still Drive

The price is just too right.

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An Artist Built a Jail Outside Philadelphia's City Hall

“Labyrinth” is a 40-by-40-foot explorable sculpture about mass incarceration.

Courtesy Emily Guendelsberger

The Alt-Weekly Death Spiral Strikes Philadelphia

Philadelphia City Paper, remembered.

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Gentrification Backlash Has Inspired Its Own Backlash

Not everybody in the new wave of urban development is backing down.

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Why Popemageddon Traffic Jams Didn't Happen (But Still Could)

As L.A.’s Carmageddon proved a few years ago, congestion alerts can be extremely effective—until they wear off.

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A Friendly Hitchhiking Robot Meets a Violent End in Philadelphia

It crossed Canada and made it to Europe, but things took a turn in the U.S.

Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

Stop Releasing Your Balloons Into the Sky

Birds and turtles eat them and die.

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We Still Basically Have No Idea What Happened With the Amtrak 188 Derailment

Most notably: whether or not the engineer was using his cell phone.

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The Secrets to Philadelphia's Bicycle Success

For one thing: narrow, European-style streets.

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Why It Won't Do Any Good to Add Seatbelts on Trains

In some cases they might add to the death toll of a crash.


Tackling Philly's Segregation Problem With Park Designs

Five projects are trying to transform public spaces and bring city residents together.

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Why Some Parklets Work Better Than Others

A detailed new report out of Philadelphia finds the type of businesses closest to a parklet play a key role in their success.

Mark Byrnes

How Public Transit Agencies Deal with All Your Angry, Mean, and Terrible Tweets

Some cities ignore the abuse, but others have found success engaging it head on.

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More Women Ride Mass Transit Than Men. Shouldn't Transit Agencies Be Catering to Them?

In cities like Philadelphia, a remarkable 64 percent of the people riding public transportation are thought to be women.

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She Tried Commuting to Work by Streetcar. It Took as Long as Walking.

A casual experiment in Atlanta doesn't help dissuade "tourist trolley" fears.

Predict Your Own Thanksgiving-Snowstorm Travel Misery

The National Weather Service has an experimental new tool that shows the weather hazards along your journey, including predicted snow accumulations.

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Chicago Has More 'Avenues,' While San Francisco Prefers 'Terraces'

An analysis of roadway suffixes in six major U.S. cities reveals differences rooted in history.

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

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