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The World's Best Subway Maps

20 mass transit maps worthy of hanging on your wall

When We Were Still Getting Used to Traffic Lights

An archival film from 1937 explains how automatic traffic signals worked in different cities across the country

Gary Lerude

The Economics of Urban Trees

A little greenery can go a long way when it comes to property values

Courtesy Quicksand Potty Project

Tackling the Developing World's Poop Problem

A look at the politics behind India's massive toilet shortage

REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Has the Renaissance of Downtowns Been Overhyped?

Detroit's central business district is making a comeback, but nationally, the trend is less clear

Craig Keller/Chicago's I-Go

Car-Sharing for Less

By operating as nonprofits, smaller shared vehicle services are expanding their reach

Brendan McDermid / Reuters

Occupy Wall Street Protest Poses a Public-Private Conundrum

Demonstrators converge on privately owned public space, raising questions about legal rights

Courtesy NY DOT

Times Square Redesign: Less Beach, More 'Blade Runner'

A noirish take on New York's 'heart' from Norwegian firm Snøhetta

2011 Major League Baseball Regular Season: Attendance by Team

Philadelphia tops the regular season attendance list for the first time in franchise history

Robert Torzynski

Should the Public Pay for Unprofitable Transit Routes?

A bold proposal to eliminate money-losing lines revives the question

REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Smart City Technology's Growth Spurt

Global spending on advanced systems for cities is expected to skyrocket in the next five years

REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

For the Unemployed, Geography Can Be Destiny

Not every place and every citizen has been affected by the recession the same way

andrewmalone

How Happy Are You With Your City? Somerville Finds Out

Boston suburb asks its citizens to rate their happiness

REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

A Better Way to Measure Poverty

New York's leading the way on incorporating geography into poverty measures, and the federal government's not far behind

Walk Score Offers Apartment Searches Based on Commuting Time

Data from 209 transit agencies combines with Craigslist rental listings

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Chicago Tops List of 'Mustache-Friendly' Cities

What makes a city friendly to mustaches? A new 'white paper' explores this pressing issue

REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

The Big Cities of a Child's Imagination

Recollections of what the wider urban world seemed like as a kid growing up in a small Southern city

REUTERS/John Gress

The Joy of Parking in Chicago

In a global survey of 20 cities, finding a spot ranks toughest in New Delhi, easiest in the Windy City

Paulo Whitaker / Reuters

Why Does California's Central Valley Have Such Bad Air Pollution?

The farming communities of the Central Valley breathe some of the worst air in the nation