Portland

Postcard from Portland

Porta Potti brawls, server farms and a battle to play the most Christmas music 

Flickr/K_Gradinger

America's Best Clean Water Cities

Philadelphia has the nation's best practices according to a new report from the NRDC

Reuters

2011's Most Fascinating Municipal Races

A map of the country's most intriguing mayoral races, city council competitions and referendums

Reuters

How the Telecom Lobby is Killing Municipal Broadband

Companies like Comcast are spending big bucks to prevent competition from local governments

Flickr user: marco_ask under a Creative Commons Licence

The Best and Worst of the World's Central Plazas and Squares

A pair of slideshows illuminating what makes a public gathering space work and what doesn't

Flickr/Jeff Kern

The 7 Cities With the Most to Lose in the NBA Lockout

In metro areas with only one professional sports team, the stakes are even higher

Michael Mehaffy

In Defense of Portland's Orenco Station

A rebuttal to a recent Atlantic Cities story on the shortcomings of the New Urbanist community in Oregon

Thermal Cities/Steve Lowe

CAT Scans for Cities

Researchers are using thermal imaging to diagnose energy efficiency in the built environment

Flickr user: faceless b

The Limits of New Urbanism in Portland's Orenco Station

Walking and social interaction are high in this planned community, but commuting by transit remains low

Gary Lerude

The Economics of Urban Trees

A little greenery can go a long way when it comes to property values

Courtesy Oregon Sustainability Center

Portland Commits to the World's Greenest Office Building

The Oregon Sustainability Center seeks to become America’s first project to meet the Living Building Challenge

Courtesy Waterfront Toronto

9 Cool Projects Under Freeway Overpasses

Innovative ways to reuse the empty space beneath overpasses

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

The War on Red-Light Cameras

Houston and L.A. recently turned theirs off. Will others join them?

Flickr user: DaveFayram, Creative Commons

Is Bicycle Commuting Really Catching On? And if So, Where?

A survey of 55 major U.S. cities shows big gains in many places, but plenty of regional variation

Courtesy Jonathan Maus, BikePortland.org

Bike Lane Backlash, Even in Portland

The gentrification vs. bicycle infrastructure debate in one of the country's most bike-friendly cities