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Why Are We So Afraid of Being Hit by a Subway Train?

How something so statistically unlikely managed to captivate our imaginations.

Joe Flood

How to Build a Better Bike Lane (and Get More People Out on Bikes)

More and more city planners are seeing bike lanes as "a rational part of the mobility picture."

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The Limits of Urban Planning With LEGOs

What's lost when anything is possible.


Hacking the Emergency Broadcast System to Warn of a Zombie Attack ... Good Idea?

We think not.


If You Build Bike Share, Riders Will Come

A new report on Montreal's BIXI shows cycling rates increase by the end of season two.

What the Urban Coyote Can Teach Us About Nature in Cities

The challenge of reprogramming our urban spaces.

Chris McCahill

Cars and Robust Cities Are Fundamentally Incompatible

50 years ago, experts predicted automobiles would drain the life from urban areas. Their predictions are coming true.


Who Is Worse for New Orleans, Mardi Gras Revelers or Super Bowl Fans?

Let's settle this age-old question right here and now.

Julie Ruvolo

Scenes From Carnaval, the 'Largest Street Fair on the Planet'

The debauchery you're missing stuck at your desk.


Will Construction Ever Come Back?

How the recovery is proceeding in housing markets across metros.

Todd Bieber

Handiwork of the Day: The Ski Chair Sled

Kings of the playground.

10 Ways to Make Your Tiny Apartment Seem a Little Less Tiny

It's a bench! A bookcase! A coffee table! Or all three.


The Geometry of Transit-Friendly Neighborhoods

We've got a "typology radar graph" for that.


Michael Bloomberg, Civil Libertarian Extraordinaire?

Sure, the mayor crusades against soft drinks and cigarettes. But he's got a great record where it counts.

Gary Gale

A Map of Dirty Place Names

Depending on your capacity for innuendo, of course.


The Lessons We Haven't Learned From London's Killer Fog of 1952

Because of global urbanization, the number of people exposed to catastrophic levels of pollution is growing exponentially.


The Neighborhoods With the Most Single Ladies (and Men)

Just in time for Valentine's Day.

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America's Schools Won't Be Saved by Great Teachers

Disconnected and muddled curriculum does more damage to our schools and colleges than bad teachers do.

Terrifying Footage of the Mississippi Tornado

A monster twister ripped through the town of Hattiesburg, destroying hundreds of homes and injuring at least 12.