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7 Charts That Show How Good Mass Transit Can Make a City More Affordable

The rent can be a little damn high, so long as the ride isn't.

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It's Amazing How Many More Commuters Would Drive Less if They Didn't Get Free Parking

The lure of the space overwhelms almost all other commuter benefits.

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The Most Persuasive Evidence Yet that Bike-Share Serves as Public Transit

It substitutes for short trips in the core, and expands service on the outskirts.

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Testing a No-Cellphone Sidewalk Lane

A new National Geographic TV series captures pedestrians navigating—and ignoring—signs indicating a cell-free zone. 

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How Low-Income Commuters View Cycling

Three policy lessons for cities trying to achieve more transport equity.

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Where to View This Weekend's East Coast Rocket Launch

On Sunday, set your sights east to catch the fiery ascent of a resupply for the International Space Station.

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We Need to Think Bigger About Transit-Oriented Development

The growing popularity of bike-share represents a shift toward embracing shared-transport networks. But there's a much larger picture to consider.

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Income Inequality Lurks Beneath D.C.'s 'Pop-Up' Housing Debate

Rowhouse additions offend the sensibilities of some homeowners. But when cities protect their interests, they do so at the expense of residents.

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A Surprising Number of Bank Robbers Use Mass Transit for Their 'Getaway'

In the modern city, criminality meets multimodality.

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Head Injuries Didn't Rise in Bike-Share Cities. They Actually Fell

In fact, head injuries declined about 14 percent after cities started bike-sharing programs.

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The Colossal Expectations of D.C.'s Newest Metro Line

There's not much riding on the Silver Line except the future of the American suburb as we know it. 

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On Google Maps, the Washington Monument Is a Sundial

And it moves to reflect the real position of the sun.

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Manhattan's and D.C.'s Populations Nearly Double Every Day With Commuters

Just think of the traffic.

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The Sidewalk of the Future Is Not So Concrete

Cities are experimenting with different materials — from heated panels to flexible rubber — but the best replacement has yet to emerge.

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Capturing the Signs of a Changing D.C.—Before They Disappear

Where the biggest demographic shifts are happening along the city's Green line, the buildings are changing with them.

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How Sex Work Became Invisible in America

Law enforcement plays the determining role in where and when sex workers make a living in the United States.

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Using Insights and Incentives to End Rush Hour

A start-up called Urban Engines believes data analysis and commuter lotteries can help cities reduce congestion.

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The Future of America's Public Housing Stock: Demolition by Neglect

In D.C., federal funding to renovate or maintain existing affordable housing units has been cut virtually in half. 

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The Washington Monument Is Finally Reopening

Three years and $15 million later, the restored monument will be ready for visitors again this afternoon.