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A Widely Used Planning Manual Tends to Recommend Building Far More Roads Than Necessary

A lesson in "phantom" trips.

In the Search for Affordable Childcare, Location Is Everything

The cost of center-based services for children varies widely throughout the U.S., and so can the availability of financial assistance for low-income families.

How to Bike Home Your Christmas Tree in 11 Simple Steps

Don't forget bungee cords, peanut butter, and the kindness of strangers.

A Devious Contraption to Stop Airplane Elbow Wars

"Soarigami" walls off airline armrests into separate but equal halves.

This Bike Bag Morphs Into a Rain Poncho, a Baby Sling, a Bigger Bag...

A concept for one commuter bag to rule them all.

The Chinese Government Is Building Affordable Housing in Brooklyn

It's less about neighborhood altruism and more about Chinese property developers' drive to expand overseas.

Building the New Harvard Art Museums Was a Story of Many, Many Constraints

The long list of difficulties Renzo Piano faced with this renovation and expansion point to why many architects prefer greenfield builds to infill.

After Banning Uber, Delhi Authorities Plan to Train Women Cab Drivers

It's the latest women's safety initiative out of India to miss the larger point.

World Leaders Cobbled Together a Last-Minute Climate Deal in Peru. What Happens Next?

Stay tuned over the next several months for commitments from key players like India, Russia, and Australia.

The Year in Bigfoot

Two states led the nation in Sasquatch sightings, which have been on the decline since surging in the '00s.

Sydney Is Showing Solidarity with Muslims with the Hashtag #illridewithyou

The hashtag was trending worldwide on Monday morning.

Uber's Sydney Debacle Is Yet More Reason for Cities to Regulate It

In challenging local regulations, the ride service has gone too far in undermining public safety.

No One's Very Good at Correctly Identifying Gentrification

A new study suggests there's a gap between how researchers think about gentrification and what journalists are telling the public.

The Future of the American Trailer Park: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

Remembering a Giant of New Orleans Architecture

August Perez III's influence on his city is everywhere you look.

Is This What 'Innovation' Looks Like?

As cities go wild for innovation, Boston's award-winning District Hall tries to distill the concept into physical form.

White Households Are Now 13 Times Richer Than Black Ones

The wealth gap between whites and blacks in the U.S. is the widest it's been in 30 years.

In Defense of Pub Crawls

SantaCon sucks. Still, cities shouldn't ban pub crawls. Here's why.

How Italy Put Cities in Charge

The country hopes the move will get people more involved in government—and save some money.