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We Need to Think Bigger About Transit-Oriented Development

The growing popularity of bike-share represents a shift toward embracing shared-transport networks. But there's a much larger picture to consider.

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This Exercise App Tracks Trends on How We Move In Different Cities

The developers of Human have complied user data into stunning visualizations that show how and where we get around.

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Brazil Made Big Environmental Promises for the World Cup and the Rio Olympics. Here's Why It Won't Keep Them.

Sustainability is a necessary buzzword for any mega-event, but reality often falls far short.

Eric Verhoogen

One City in Pakistan Makes Nearly Half of the World's Soccer Balls

But its factories remain very inefficient, even though there are cost-saving technologies available. Why?

Sarah Goodyear

Can Murals Change a Neighborhood?

In New York's Brownsville community, a large-scale art project aims to do more than just beautify. 

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An Ode to London's Rowdy, Reliable Night Buses

A private car service has released hilarious commercials making the city's after-hours transit look unruly. But that's exactly its enduring appeal. 

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Income Inequality Lurks Beneath D.C.'s 'Pop-Up' Housing Debate

Rowhouse additions offend the sensibilities of some homeowners. But when cities protect their interests, they do so at the expense of residents.

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Beijing Residents Will Have to Wait 16 Years to Breathe Healthy Air

Pollution in China's capital is now near a level unlivable for humans.

Tomomi Sayuda

The Saddest-Ever Fireworks Display for Your Office Cube

An amusing invention with a dark origin story. 

Estel Alcaraz

These Galoshes Fold Up to Fit in a Bag

"Sardines" collapse down to just a fifth their full size.

Steven Vance

The Curbee Invites Cyclists to Rest at Red Lights

A Copenhagen urban-biking staple finds its way to Chicago.

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Where Do the Smartest People Move?

A new report finds that higher intelligence is linked with rural-to-city migration, and with city-to-suburb movement.

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Track a Century of U.S. Development With a Tool That Centralizes Old Maps

The full catalog of USGS topographic surveys is now all on one site and searchable by city.

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This Perspective-Skewing Public Artwork Encompasses 99 Buildings

To put it all together, you'll have to trek to a vantage point on top of a Belgian hotel.

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Atlantic City Is Becoming the Detroit of Casino Culture

The longtime East Coast gaming hub faces a wave of closings. What will happen to its infrastructure?

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The U.S. Is Heading Over the Transportation Cliff

The DOT plans emergency procedures to save the Highway Trust Fund, which will go bust in August if Congress doesn't take action.

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Hong Kong Protesters Blame China for Rising Economic Inequality

The city-state stages its largest demonstration in a decade as living standards continue to plummet under 17 years of Chinese control.

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Philly: Let's Talk About Frank Gehry

A Philadelphia Museum of Art expansion tests whether building a Frank Gehry design is always good for a city. Especially when it doesn't look very Frank Gehry.

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Ocean Acidification Could Be Creating Friendless Fish

As CO2 levels rise, coral-reef fish seem to lose the ability to recognize each other.