San Francisco

Affordable Housing That Doesn't Scream 'Affordable'

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

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It's the Parking, Stupid: One Transportation Consultant's Tough Love Approach

To ease cities' car addiction, Jeffrey Tumlin says we've got to charge drivers more to park

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The Only Hope for Reducing Traffic

A new study makes the fundamental case for congestion pricing

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Why Walkable Cities Aren't Always the Ones You'd Think

Factors like bad weather and long commutes don't make a place less walkable

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5 Great U.S. City Parking Apps

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

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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

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Car-Sharing Gets Personal

Peer-to-peer vehicle sharing services are ripe to expand to cities of all sizes

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Hardwood Floors, Marble Countertops, and a High Energy Efficiency Rating

As cities force buildings to disclose energy use data, buyers and renters alike can factor it in to their spending decisions

Craig Keller/Chicago's I-Go

Car-Sharing for Less

By operating as nonprofits, smaller shared vehicle services are expanding their reach

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Smart City Technology's Growth Spurt

Global spending on advanced systems for cities is expected to skyrocket in the next five years

The Best Little Tiny Radio Show About Design

A chat with '99% Invisible' host Roman Mars

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The Math Behind Sacking Disposable Bags

How a variety of policies aimed at reducing the environmental impact of shopping bags are working

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Meet the Urban Chicken Consultant

A Chicago woman has carved a business out of teaching residents there how to raise their own backyard poultry

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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

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America's 20 Most Economically Vibrant College Towns

With better jobs markets and high levels of state funding, these U.S. cities offer a lot more than just a place to go to school

Public Art, Sold to the Highest Bidder

Auctioning off under-appreciated public art on eBay opens the door for fresh work

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The Future of California's High-Speed Rail Is in Private Sector Hands

With cost estimates rising, a commitment of additional state funds for high-speed rail seems all but impossible

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The Rise and Fall of Oakland's Bordertown Skate Park

Despite community support and political goodwill, Caltrans is once again making plans to demolish the DIY skate spot

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Bringing U.S. Manufacturing Back, One T-Shirt at a Time

San Francisco's SF Made is leading the charge to get American cities back in the business of making things