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Strong Mayor, Weak Mayor, No Mayor—In Terms of Policy, It May Not Matter Much

Efforts to reform municipal governance systems have little impact on actual policies, researchers say. 

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Transit Projects Are About to Get Much, Much Easier in California

The state's push to end car-first street planning could ripple across the country.

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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.

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Wi-Fi Doesn't Just Enhance Amtrak — It May Actually Encourage New Riders

But merely providing the service isn't enough. It needs to work well, too.

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California's Unusual Plan to Cut Greenhouse Gases

The state is relying on cities to figure out how to cut emissions in their region. Will it work?

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The Case Against One-Way Streets

One civil engineer believes trip capacity will increase if cities turn to two-way streets.

America's Most Diverse Neighborhoods

More and more suburbs are cropping up as hubs.

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This Brownfield Could Become a Model of Urban Development

Sacramento will transform its decrepit lot into a new train and bus station, thousands of new homes, stores, and parks.

The Tragic Geography of Disconnected Youth

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

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America's Best Places for a Raise

Where you live can determine how much more you'll be making next year.

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Is a VMT Tax a Good Idea?

San Francisco is the latest city to consider a vehicle-miles traveled fee system.

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Can Light Rail Carry a City's Transit System?

It can if it's built right, as in Portland or San Diego, and new research explains why.

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With Big California Water Project, Governor Wants to 'Get Shit Done'

Jerry Brown is taking a blunt approach to a controversial water plan.

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

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

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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.

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Best Places for New College Grads, 2012

The job market for this year's college graduates is tough, but choosing the right city can make all the difference.

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The Uncertain Legacy of America's Pedestrian Malls

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

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Where the Jobs Will Be in 2020

A critical look at the Bureau of Labor Statistics' employment projections for the rest of the decade.

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Guerrilla Wayfinding in Raleigh

Plus a look back at some of our favorite recent tactical urbanism installations.