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The End of Federal Transportation Funding as We Know It

The diminishing power of the gas tax has renewed debate about how — and even whether — Washington can pay for local roads and rails.

Sophie Quinton

San Antonio: A Hub for Investment in Mexico

The city exports more products and services to Mexico than 42 other American states combined.

Victor Dover

An Epic Transit-Oriented Development Fail

Let this be a lesson to all: TOD requires more than transit and development. It needs to be walkable.

Keri Tan, Max Pilwat, Ferdi Rodriguez

Imagine a Digital Library in Every Bus or Train

Slow commute? No problem.

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What the Steamship and the Landline Can Tell Us About the Decline of the Private Car

Even the most ubiquitous technologies eventually disappear.

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Coal Power Plants Are Killing Thousands in Europe: Report

A look at the health consequences of coal's rising popularity.

Embracing the Autocatalytic City

How bottom-up growth, driven by citizens, trumps central command.

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Why We Crave 'Authentic' Cities: Best #Cityreads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

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Time-Waster of the Day: Guess that City

A new online game has a very simple goal: guess the city in a Google Street View. That's harder than it sounds, let me tell you.

From Resort Town to Tech Center: The Future of Miami

Can the city become the next great start-up hub?

In America, Food Is Getting Cheaper ... Unless You're Poor

New charts explain how America spends money on food.

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Want to Show People the Benefits of Transit? Build a Pretend Train Station

A two-day pop-up train station lands in Miami.

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4 Months Later, the Poor Are Still Suffering Disproportionately From Sandy

Many low-income homes and apartment buildings are still dealing with significant damage.

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A Mad Lib for Urban Dreamers

What could you change in your community if you just knew more about it?

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Why New York City's Open Data Law Is Worth Caring About

"You always hear that information is power, and in this case it really is."

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Mayor Julian Castro on Building a City's 'Brain Power'

In an interview, Castro lays out a plan for "closing the skills gap that exists in just about every community."

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Is Closing Underperforming Schools Really Good for Students?

Those on both sides of the debate believe they're championing civil rights. But there's no one-size-fits-all solution.

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Jane Jacobs Was Right: Gradual Redevelopment Does Promote Community

A study in Chicago shows a link between housing age diversity and social relations.

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The Pan-STARRS Comet Finally Pops Up in North America

People from Oklahoma City to New York will get to gawk at the fuming iceball at last, which could be bright enough to see with the naked eye.