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Chris Nelson

If Only All Subway Sandwich Shops Were Actual Subway Stations

Baltimore gets an edible fantasy transit system.

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There's a Lot More Skeletons Where These Came From

Modern London was built on top of a large number of plague pits, and the city's thirst for more space means digging won't slow down any time soon.

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Mass Transit Use Isn't Up Everywhere

Public transportation ridership is up across the U.S., but the opposite is true in many cities that voted down funding measures last year.

Gestalten

'Femme Fatales of Cartography'

Inside a beautiful new collection of "maps you shouldn't trust yet cannot help but fall for."

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Is There a Link Between Walkability and Local School Performance?

Some early attempts to map the question in D.C. suggest that there might be. But what does the correlation tell us?

Reuters

The (Failed) Idea That Links St. Petersburg and Mumbai

Even in cities laid out to micro-manage and shape its residents, the people who use public space can't be controlled.

John Metcalfe

What Kind of People Celebrate San Francisco's 'Pi Day'?

People who are very enthusiastic about irrational numbers, it turns out.

Archives de la Ville de Montréal/Cat-bus

Map of the Day: Montreal, Then and Now

Sixty-six years later, the city's urban design is not so different.

Metros Clobbered by the Housing Crisis Are Growing Again

Populations in markets hit hard by the 2008 crisis – like Phoenix, Orlando, and Las Vegas – grew faster than others.

Roel Verhagen Kaptein

Is This a Good Way to Reinvent the Recumbent Bicycle?

Out of the Netherlands comes this unusual design for a streamlined commuting recumbent.

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D.C. Lawyer Appointed as Detroit's Emergency Manager

Kevyn Orr has a background in business restructuring, and worked on Chrysler's 2009 bankruptcy.

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When It Comes to Talking on Phones While Driving, Americans Are the Worst

According to a CDC study, we do this more than most European countries.

Corcoran et. al

Mapping the Growth of OpenStreetMap

Looking back over the history of the crowdsourced digital street map, a familiar pattern emerges.

Reuters

Meet Thor, the Mexican Superhero Street Artist Who Rides Public Transit

Ruben Oviedo has been performing in downtown Mexico City for about a year.

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The Devastating Impact of Persistent Crime on Teens

In low-income urban neighborhoods, daily exposure to violence is a reality for many young people.

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A Brief History of Suburbia's Rise and Fall

A new paper tracks suburbia from its ideological roots in the Victorian era to its harsh detractors in the modern age.

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An Ingenious Banking Model: Speak Spanish and Serve Immigrants

For one North Carolina credit union, courting Latino immigrant members is a risk that pays off.

Reuters

Take a Secret Peek Inside the Spire of the Chrysler Building

Urban explorer Moses Gates wormed his way up to the very top, far higher than where elevator service cuts off.

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Ideas Trump Resources When it Comes to City Growth

Natural resources can help, but enduring economic growth is powered by talent and ideas.