All Articles

Toronto's Modernist Architecture: A Love Letter

A short film by Davide Tonizzo shows off the city's sometimes forgotten mid-century buildings

Reuters/Carlos Barria

Why Americans Love Chain Stores: A Psychological Perspective

If we're so fiercely independent, why do we choose familiarity when we shop?

Samuel Scheib, StarMetro

Decentralizing Bus Routes in Tallahassee

It sounds like an urbanist's nightmare, but StarMetro's new system makes it easier to get to work

Courtesy Krista Jahnke

Temporary Is the New Permanent

Despite their co-option by marketing teams, the pop-up remains a sharp tool in the urban revitalization kit

Reuters/Larry Downing

The Geography of Obama’s Tanking Approval Ratings

The president’s stated goal of uniting the country may be a lost cause

Courtesy State of Maryland

The Case for a D.C.-Baltimore Mega-Region

Maryland's controversial anti-sprawl plan is in the final review phase

Arko Datta, Reuters

Citymaking in India, Writ Large

The $90 billion Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor has India building 24 brand new cities.

Name That Waterway

The words we use for rivers and streams change with their geography

Rise of the Social City

Excerpts from the cutting room floor of my latest magazine feature

Photo by Flickr user jerekeys, used under a Creative Commons license.

Why Are There No Gay Bars In Harlem?

Gentrification has long since arrived in Harlem, with plenty of LGBT residents. But they appear to be socializing elsewhere. Why? And does it matter?

Courtesy Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program

The Metropolitan Moment

Urban communities represent the true economic geography

Photo by Flickr user fishbulb9, used under a Creative Commons

Why Cities Matter

It’s time to take the livability, sustainability, and prosperity of our urban areas more seriously

By Flickr user granth, used under a Creative Commons license

Welcome to The Atlantic Cities

What you should—and shouldn't—expect from The Atlantic's newest website

Reuters/JP Moczulski

Car Lovers Like Mass Transit More Than They Think

Researchers in Sweden find that even dedicated drivers can learn to enjoy the subway

Reuters/Lucy Nicholson

Olympic Evictions Come to Russia

Residents in the southern resort town of Sochi, Russia are discovering what other Olympic host cities have already learned—some of them will have to move

Reuters/Shannon Stapleton

Fighting Crime in an Era of Belt-Tightening

Can cities maintain – or decrease – crime rates while cutting police budgets?

State of Play: Playground Infrastructure in 20 Major U.S. Cities

Which major U.S. cities provide the best, and worst, mix of playgrounds for their youngest residents?

Yuriko Nakao, Reuters

The 25 Most Economically Powerful Cities in the World

Most of the world's capacity for economic growth is centered in its metro areas. Which cities top the list?

Courtesy Kyong Park

Korea's Development Debate, in Physical Form

LOT-EK's Open School in Anyang forces visitors to confront the architectural contrasts right in front of them