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The Clearest Explanation Yet for Why Millennials Are Driving Less

Shifting demographics matter, but shifting attitudes may matter more.

9 Annoying Things You Do at Farmers' Markets, According to Farmers

Get your grubby hands out of the produce bin.

Poor Customers Pay the Price for America's Crumbling Water Infrastructure

Overwhelmed by dilapidated pipes, more cities are privatizing their water systems. But is anyone winning besides corporations?

How Prefab Honeycomb Homes Could Help the Affordable Housing Problem

These customizable hexagons from U.K.-based Hivehaus offer the promise of fast, cheap density.

What Greece Can Learn From Detroit

The arrangement brokered between Eurozone leaders and Greece is severe. It’s a deal that Detroiters will recognize.

The Plan to Pedestrianize Central Milan

Milan joins a growing list of European cities embracing car-free futures for their central neighborhoods.

A Better Way to Do Restaurant Week: Philanthropy, Not Prix Fixe

One Baltimore restaurant is giving away free meals to homeless guests.

The 'Department of Pedestrian Etiquette' Targets Clueless NYC Walkers

Under the (sadly fake) decree, sidewalk violators would be denied permission to re-enter the city for 5 years.

The Best Way to End Homelessness

The first-ever large-scale study on the topic finds that permanent, stable housing can be more cost-effective than shelters.

A Trippy Visualization of 24 Hours of Flights Over London

Watch more than 3,000 flights compete for space on only six runways.

Why We Should Embrace the Urban Nap: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

A Petition Against a D.C. 7-11 and the Crypto-Classism of NIMBYism

#NewDC yuppies move to stop a 7-11 from opening in a gentrifying neighborhood they’d never have touched 15 years ago. But they’re really objecting to its customer type.

Americans Support Working Mothers More Than Ever, but Policies Don't

The U.S. has a long way to go before its walk matches its talk.

New York City Is Turning Smart Garbage Bins Into Free Wi-Fi Hotspots

Solar-powered Bigbellies offer enough bandwidth to power a startup.

Do No-Kids-Allowed Rules Violate Federal Anti-Discrimination Laws?

A Washington, D.C., co-op’s rule allowing dogs to play in common outdoor areas—but not the children living there—could become a federal case.

The Most Hellish Design for Airplane Seating Yet

Another plan to satisfy airlines’ seemingly insatiable desire to squeeze more passengers onto an aircraft.

It's About to Get Easier For California Farmers to Conserve Water—And Sell It

One startup wants to fix California’s water market. But shouldn’t the state be doing more?

Ask CityLab: Why Do Sewer Systems Leak Noxious Waste in the Summer?

Caution: Dry heaving and a feces-filled river ahead.

4 Key Problems With Measuring EV Pollution vs. Gas Cars

For one thing, the electricity grid is getting cleaner every day.