Reuters/Robert Galbraith

A Coal Worker's Life—With a Lot Less Coal

A photo essay of life along the King Coal Highway shows the struggling, post-mining towns of southern West Virginia.

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A Chat with Amtrak's CEO on the State of U.S. Passenger Rail

Joseph Boardman on federal funding, long-distance routes, and operating "as a business."

Reuters/Tyrone Siu

Hong Kong Protesters Get 3 Unappealing Choices—and 1 Possible Compromise

Hong Kong's chief executive has asked student protesters to meet as early as next week.

REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera

What Would It Be Like to Live in a Town Run by Investors?

For the "charter city" movement in Honduras, overcoming legal hurdles is followed by thousands of crucial questions.


Would You Take the 'Walk to Get Your Groceries' Challenge?

Strong Towns wants to change the way Americans see the places they live—such as what a walk to the store reveals about infrastructure.

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Why Is D.C. So Expensive? Because of Congress

Unlike San Francisco or New York City, the nation's capital is an expensive city to call home as a result of federal fiat.


The Hong Kong Protests Have Taken a Violent Turn

As pro-democracy demonstrations stretch into a third week, police advance on protesters and reports emerge of brutality.

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When Climate Change Has Already Come

The country's first institute of adaptation science will help Norfolk, Virginia, deal with its steadily rising waters.

Natalie Behring/Reuters

All the Places The New York Times Has Compared to Brooklyn

From Berlin to Beijing, anywhere with an artisanal vegan soap store is a bit like New York's hippest borough.

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The Future of Transportation Is Not All Flying Cars

What we've learned from our 9-month series on tomorrow's urban mobility.

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When the '64 Olympics Came to Tokyo

A photographic tour of the city's late Summer Games.

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Let Your Kids Ride the Bus Alone

The Free-Range Kids Project wants parents to loosen their grip and raise more independent children.

Neil Kremer / Flickr

What Old Transit Maps Can Teach Us About a City's Future

An analysis of once-rejected, later-constructed routes in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Houston.

AP Photo/Bill Wippert

The Remarkable Philanthropic Result of the Most Expensive Team Purchase in NFL History

Charities and nonprofits in Buffalo and Detroit are poised to get a big boost thanks to late Bills owner Ralph Wilson.

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Should Massachusetts Change Time Zones?

Support is growing for a defection from the dark and dreary EST.

Benson Kua / Flickr

3 Big Challenges for Planning Multi-Modal Cities

It's just not as simple as "stop prioritizing cars."

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Nutritious Food Is Getting More Expensive

New research shows a widening gap between the price of healthy and not-so-healthy foods.

AP/Elaine Thompson

Seattle May Miss Its NBA Team, but Its Old Arena Doesn't

After losing millions of dollars during the Sonics' final years, the 52-year-old Key Arena is a moneymaker again.

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Oslo Really Didn't Want the 2022 Winter Olympics

Hosting the games has become a sprawling, expensive, drama-filled honor.