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How Timed Traffic Signals Can Be Bad for Pedestrians

Efforts to fight congestion by centralizing traffic lights could also make roads more dangerous for walkers

John King on Watching a City Change Through its Buildings

The San Francisco Chronicle's urban design critic examines the buildings that define his city

The Politics of New York's Stalled Taxi Plan

A sweeping new proposal by Mayor Bloomberg would expand cab coverage beyond Manhattan. So why hasn't it gone anywhere?

Why $1 Billion Doesn't Buy Much Transit Infrastructure Anymore

Blame pricier consultant fees, high labor costs and age

Cleveland's New Deal-Era Public Housing Posters

The Midwest city's approach was much friendlier than New York's

Communicating the City With a Shirt

Company prints images of cities to spark conversation

Do Nonprofit Hospitals Make Too Much Money?

Some of the most profitable hospitals in the nation are nonprofits, but they still receive tons of tax breaks

The 'Diverging Diamond' Interchange Is an Abomination

A "recovering" engineer tears apart the latest "complete streets" design trend

Crazy for Containers

Shipping container designs have become so ubiquitous they've merited their own exhibition

A Glimpse of Nature, Via Downtown Billboards

A photo project in Los Angeles and Philadelphia implants images of nature on urban billboards and buildings

Another Reason to Stop Building New Homes: Job Creation

Repairing existing residential buildings produces about 50 percent more jobs than building new ones

Does Anyone Own the Rights to Shipping Container Designs?

A UK developer says a temporary mall in New Zealand infringes on his intellectual property rights

Can Phoenix Be Greened?

The city is ground zero for global warming emissions. But adopting a more sustainable urban planning approach will be very difficult

2011's Most Fascinating Municipal Races

A map of the country's most intriguing mayoral races, city council competitions and referendums

When Mass Transit Riders Attack

Abuse of transit workers by passengers is rising in many cities - do service cuts and fare hikes play a factor?

The Increasingly Republican States of America

The percentage of Americans who say they lean Republican has increased in 47 of the 50 states

Temporary City, Population 3 Million

Pilgrims converge on Mecca for the Hajj, and fill its massive tent city

How Occupy Wall Street Is Reinventing Public Space

Sociologist Saskia Sassen on the way the movement is taking over the streets

Tokyo’s Backup Plan

Japan is contemplating building a 'backup' city to take over the government if Tokyo is ever destroyed