Portland

Have U.S. Light Rail Systems Been Worth the Investment?

Despite modest success, most systems have neither increased mass transit commute share nor the vitality of city centers.

How to Make Car-Share Work in the Suburbs

Envisioning a system in which private services, transit agencies, and local businesses all share a fleet.

The Race Is On for the Transit Ticket of Tomorrow

The next-generation fare card will definitely be much more than a fare card. But what, exactly?

America Could Soon Face More Days of 'Extreme Rainfall'

The warming climate is predicted to bring punishing rainstorms.

Bike-Share Hits Yet Another Snag in Portland, Oregon

The city planned to unveil its $4 million program in 2014. But Bixi's bankruptcy has officials reconsidering.

The Most Revealing Broadband Adoption Maps We've Ever Seen

In the era of Google Fiber, there's more reason than ever to confront America's digital divide.

Imagine: A World Where Nobody Owns Their Own Car

It's possible, and sooner than you'd think.

Are Streetcars Part of the Transit Network?

Are they primarily about economic development or getting people around a city?

Portland Sets Another Bicycle Milestone

A new apartment building will offer 1,200 cyclist parking spots, a North American record.

Should Portland Save a Building It Really, Really Hates?

Almost no one likes the Michael Graves office building. But it's one of America's most important pieces of postmodern architecture.

What's the Most Surprising Thing You've Learned About Being a Mayor?

On becoming a waste management and parking policy expert.

What Ideas Have You Copied or Borrowed From Other Cities?

Stealing is encouraged among mayors.

What's the Most Frustrating Part of Your Job?

Mayors open up about the stuff that gets them down.

What Do People Tend to Get Wrong About Your City?

Mayors address their worst cultural stereotypes.

How to Design a Happier City

Charles Montgomery's new book finds the intersection of urban policy and well-being.

Why Has No Sitting Mayor Ever Become President of the United States?

A few have tried, but none have succeeded.

Did That Fire Hydrant Just Check Me Out?

These trippy urban GIFs give new meaning to the phrase "living, breathing city."

Who Runs Your Twitter Feed?

When it comes to social media at the municipal level, not everyone is a Cory Booker.

What's the First Thing You Do When You Arrive at City Hall Each Day?

You asked. Mayors answered.