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The Evolution of the Bike Lane

Bike infrastructure is changing, raising new questions about the best design.

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The Death and Life of Downtown Shopping Districts

Lessons from Miami’s bold Design District experiment.

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Instead of Levees, Plant Trees

According to new research, coastal forests greatly reduced the impact of the Japanese tsunami.

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Why You Should Give Away Free Stuff To Your Neighbors

Research suggests that people who participate in Freecycle communities experience greater group identity and solidarity.

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What Will It Take to Turn Berlin Into a Major Economic Center?

The city is an arts hub. Can a new airport bring it into the upper tier of European cities?

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Concerned Citizen of the Day: D.C.'s 'Squeaky Wheel'

Does your city have a Michael Sindram?

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Would You Live In This Loft In the Clouds?

Polish architects have designed a swanky apartment building perched on the chimneys of an old factory.

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The Growing Popularity of Bus Rapid Transit

When designed the right way, a BRT line can be a smart alternative to more expensive modes of public transit.

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Chicago's Downtown Goes All 1980s With Immense, Fluorescent Art

Installation artist Jessica Stockholder wants pedestrians to feel like they're "walking through an animated film."

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The City as Lifesize Monopoly Board

An artist in Chicago takes the game to the streets.

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Why You Should Say 'Hello' to Strangers on the Street

On sidewalk psychology. 

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Rio's Garbage Pickers Lose Their Jobs

One of the world's largest open-air landfills will be shuttered. What does that mean for the 1,700 people who worked there?

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How to Handle a City of Tourists

New Yorkers have always had a love-hate relationship with visitors.

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America's Economic Rebound

The declinists are wrong, America is emerging from the crisis stronger than before.

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The Future of Car Commuting

Road trains — semi-autonomous highway platoons — recently completed a promising trial, but questions remain.

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Rethinking the Economics of Traffic Congestion

Traffic is not an economic problem. It’s an indicator of a healthy urban economy. 

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Cities Facing Worst Fiscal Situation Since 1980

Property taxes and state aid are both down, creating major problems for local governments.

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Pee Into This Sao Paulo Urinal To Make Lovely Music

A toilet fixture in Brazil lets you shred on the guitar with the force of your urine.

The Risky Business of Parking Lot Creation

A wetlands restoration project in Boston is a cautionary tale about making bad decisions in the first place.