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Why Are States Passing Up Billions in Federal Transit Funds?

The GAO reports that only a tenth of $53 billion in flexible transportation funding went to transit in the past five years.

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Cities With Denser Cores Do Better

Packed city centers are correlated with economic growth, talent levels, and diversity.

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The Ongoing Evolution of Post-Recession Dublin

The economic crisis decimated the Irish capital. But two years after a massive bailout, a new kind of city is emerging.

Portland's New Velodrome a Big Win for Cyclists, Hematomas

A night of competitive cycling on "brakeless" single-speed cycles offers a veritable highlight reel of face planting and smashing into walls.

Holiday Car Ads in the Era of Millennials Buying Fewer Cars

Lexus takes aim at social media as a perceived deterrent to driving.

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Prank of the Day: Black Friday at the Dollar Store

Improv Everywhere doin' that thing they do.

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A Jungle Gym for City Sidewalks

A knotty lattice of colorful play-tubes is an intriguing use of a public space.

Is the Air Inside Public Bathrooms Rife With Infectious Particles?

 A review of the research indicates that could be the nasty truth, and other toilet tidbits.

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Why Didn't This 1930s Cow-Catcher For Pedestrians Ever Catch On?

This is what passed for road safety 80 years ago.

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6 Absurd Architecture Projects

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a building!

What 'Wreck-It Ralph' Can Teach Us About Urban Planning

The new Disney movie offers fairly sophisticated commentary on cities and a plug for activist civic planning.

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6 Great Transit Maps That Aren't Transit Maps

From classic movies to the Mississippi River to a meta map of the world's transit systems.

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You'll Never Guess the Richest Metros in America

San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and...Midland, Texas?

This Could Be the Key to Making Downtowns Greener

This green wall out of the University of Washington could bring plant life to dense urban areas where green space is hard to come by.

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6 Questions for Defenders of D.C.'s Height Limit

This urban economist would really like to know the answers.

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Buy a House, Get a Visa: Coming Soon Everywhere?

Money is increasingly your passport to Europe.

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Turn Your Beloved Old Bike Into Taxidermy

In a world that deems it fit to stuff and preserve dead pets, this isn't that bizarre.

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The Geography of America's Best Food Trucks

101 trucks in 23 metros.

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Map of the Day: Predicted Sandy Flooding vs. Real Sandy Flooding

More evidence that scientists know what they're talking about.