Washington, DC

The Week In City Bans: Oakland Bags Bags, Boston X's Out Alcohol Ads

Cities ban things! Also in this week's edition: D.C. outlaws Occupy protesters and large dogs are no longer welcome in one Chinese city.

A Moveable Chief: A Conversation With Chicago Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein

The former D.C. transportation leader reflects on taking his show on the road.

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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.

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Should the Post Office Be Saved?

Today's business-centric view of the mail system stands in contrast to its historical civic mandate

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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

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After Decades of Neglect, Washington Finally Fixes Its Waterfront

A new plan will bring residents to the river's edge for shopping and hanging out

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Meet the 'World's Worst Martin Luther King, Jr. Statue' (Hint: It's Not in D.C.)

Say what you will about the new MLK memorial in Washington. At least it doesn't look like some random guy named Hazel.

Mobility Lab

An R&D Lab for Transit Tech Tools

Arlington County's Mobility Lab experiments with high-tech ways to help people get over their transit phobias

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D.C. Taxi Industry Already Irritated With Uber

The app-based luxury car service once again finds itself under fire after expanding to additional cities

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Where Does Crime Go After Public Housing Projects Are Demolished?

Researchers track the diffusion of crime over time to see what happens when dysfunctional housing projects are at last replaced

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The Case for Saving Ugly Buildings

Unattractive, Brutalist architecture should be preserved because it's unique, not because it's pretty

The Estate of David Klein

How David Klein and TWA Branded America's Jet Age

1960s era posters illustrate cities around the world

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The Problem with Naming Transit Stations

Commercialism is only one of many reasons for cities not to sell out their stops

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How Good Is D.C. to Artists, Musicians, and Writers?

The city holds several advantages for creative types, despite its high cost of living

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The Fine Print Behind Capital Bikeshare's Unbanked Program

Capital Bikeshare anticipated (and addressed) a lot of the criticisms of their new program for the unbanked

Capilla Vallejo Arquitectos

2011's Most Interesting Cultural Buildings

Striking libraries, museums and community facilities

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Why They Call Green Bay 'Titletown'

Why cities like Green Bay win an outsize number of championships

Bixi

Bike-Sharing for the Unbanked

D.C. tries to find a way to include residents who don't have credit cards

Oh Choong Young

The Best City Time Lapse Videos of 2011

From New York to Los Angeles to Barcelona to Seoul and beyond