Seattle

A Lukewarm Report Card for High-Occupancy Toll Lanes

These roadways have performed well by some traffic standards, but problems remain.

The Surprisingly Complex Art of Urban Wayfinding

Why some signs help you get where you're going while others get you lost.

How Many Snow Plows Does a City Need?

The best responses to this week's The Big Fix.

America's Most Literate Cities Not Necessarily the Wealthiest

Central Connecticut State University's annual study found no correlation between the wealth of a city and its literacy rate.

How We Plowed Before Snow Plows Were Invented

A short history of snow removal in America's cities.

Why Portland's Public Toilets Succeeded Where Others Failed

The Portland Loo's defense-first design has freed it from becoming a beaten-down haven for illegal activity

Zen and the Art of Snow Plow Maintenance

When it comes to allocating resources to remove snow, cities can often only guess and hope for the best

Bringing Ohio's Rust Belt Industries Into the 21st Century

A regional organization helps old commodities industries find new niches for their products

Targeting an Achievement Gap in One of the Country's Most Educated Metros

King County, Wash., takes aim at cultivating local talent for its growing economy

How an Ink Cartridge Trashed in Seattle Ended Up in Mexico

A group of MIT scientists chronicles the long, sad journey of our waste

The Tricky Second Wave of Urban Highway Removals

For a lot of cities, demolishing the most obvious candidates was the easy part

The Best Of 'Best Ofs' of 2011

A round-up of the strangest city highlights from alternative weeklies around the country

Why They Call Green Bay 'Titletown'

Why cities like Green Bay win an outsize number of championships

New City Slogans of 2011

The best - and strangest - in urban catch phrases

2011's Biggest Transportation Failures

The end of the Tampa-Orlando high-speed rail line, the death of a pedestrian near Atlanta and other low points from the year in city travel

The Best Metro Data Releases of 2011

There's never been a better time to be an urban researcher

A Record Store Where Nothing Is For Sale

A new installation in Seattle encourages users to rethink how they consume music

How We're Failing Our Parks

America has more city parks, but less money to pay for them

The Geography of American Brands

Some U.S. cities have more top global brands than many large countries