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A Terrifying Airplane Crash in Taiwan

A jet struck a freeway and taxi before hitting the water, killing and injuring many.


16 Maps That Explain Barcelona

Visualizing the Spanish city in bike-share maps, taxi routes, tweets, and more.

Danny Wicke

The Promise of the $20,000 House

In Alabama, the Rural Studio design workshop has spent years refining prototypes for a cheap, well-made small house. Soon, they'll start selling the plans.

MCAD Library, Jeramey Jannene/Flickr

The Bus Terminal Is Dead. Long Live the Bus Terminal

Intercity bus travel is booming in the U.S. Is there a case for bringing back some decent infrastructure dedicated to it?


Is Ending Segregation the Key to Ending Poverty?

Chicago's experiment in relocating poor African American families to rich white suburbs seems to be a success. So why are so few other cities doing the same?


The Beginning of the Driverless Taxi Wars?

There are signs Uber and Google could become "ferocious competitors" instead of allies.


Standing Desks Are Good, But Would a Standing Office Be Even Better?

Science says sitting is terrible for your health. A design team responds by doing away with office seating completely—and elegantly.

Reuters/Luke MacGregor

London's Population Is Bigger Than Ever—And 44 Percent Are Ethnic Minorities

The growth of minorities could have a major impact on politics.

REUTERS/Larry Downing

A 30-Year Plan for U.S. Transportation Summed Up by One Word: Choice

With Beyond Traffic, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx pivots U.S. policy away from cars and toward multimodal options.

Joseph A. Blum

Incredible Photos from the Construction Site of the New Bay Bridge

A photographer spent more than a decade shooting from hellish, confined spaces and fog-shrouded eagles' nests.

Reuters/Jeff Tuttle

Advanced Industries Still Rule the U.S. Economy—But It's an Advantage That's Slipping

These high-tech sectors are also more geographically concentrated than they were a decade ago.

AP images

Turning Old Prisons Into Summer Camps and Movie Lots

Shuttered correctional facilities around the country are getting their own chance at reform.

Mark Byrnes/CityLab

For the Best U.S. Architecture Per Square Mile, Head to Dallas

New York has the nation's tallest skyscraper. Chicago has some fancy buildings. But one city wins when it comes to sheer density of urban design.

Amrit Forss/Hoffice

Work From Home, Just Not Alone and Not in Your Own Home

The Scandinavian startup Hoffice aims to bring rigor and productivity to the concept of home-based co-working spaces.

It's Easy to See Why This Man's Grueling Commute Went Viral

The harder task is addressing the underlying issues that led James Robertson to walk 21 miles to and from work every day in the first place.

Nir Elias/Reuters

In Defense of Waze, Which Doesn't Put Police in Danger

Officers are railing against the traffic app's cop-tracking alerts, demanding that Google stop the service to drivers.

Reuters/Joshua Lott

Urbanization and Smartphones Are Killing Car Culture

Cars once facilitated social outings. Has that role been filled by technology?

VanDam's StreetSmart

In Cuba, Maps Make a Comeback

Old-fashioned navigation is enjoying a renaissance on the island, where Internet access is still scant.

AP/Sayyid Azim

How Overlooked Colonial Railways Could Revolutionize Transportation in Africa

Resurrecting relics of imperial rule is an unorthodox transit-development policy. But Africa's "secondary cities" are set to benefit.