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Create Your Own Historical Maps with WhatWasThere

New website combines vintage photography with Google Street View

The Future of California's High-Speed Rail Is in Private Sector Hands

With cost estimates rising, a commitment of additional state funds for high-speed rail seems all but impossible

How Art, Culture, and Community Drove Transit Oriented Development in Santa Fe

Little about The Railyard resembles how TOD takes place in most cities

Newcastle, Australia, City Council Wants to Fire Themselves

A years-long controversy over fig trees is wearing away at some local officials

The Long Road to Recovery

We're going to need to shift to a whole new way of life before we see lasting economic change

The Rise and Fall of Oakland's Bordertown Skate Park

Despite community support and political goodwill, Caltrans is once again making plans to demolish the DIY skate spot

Bringing U.S. Manufacturing Back, One T-Shirt at a Time

San Francisco's SF Made is leading the charge to get American cities back in the business of making things

Debunking the Cul-de-Sac

The design of America's suburbs has actually made our streets more dangerous

The Booming, Busting Geography of College Enrollment

As home values fluctuate, so too does a family's ability to borrow money to pay for school

Preserving the Environment with Cities, Not In Spite of Them

The best way to save wilderness is through strong, compact, beautiful communities

Toronto's Modernist Architecture: A Love Letter

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

Why Americans Love Chain Stores: A Psychological Perspective

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

Decentralizing Bus Routes in Tallahassee

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

Temporary Is the New Permanent

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

The Geography of Obama’s Tanking Approval Ratings

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

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

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

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