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The Mixed-Up Politics of Urbanism

Neither end of the political spectrum gets it right when it comes to smart growth, leaving too many Americans priced out of economically vibrant cities. 


The Odd Link Between Commute Direction and Marital Satisfaction

Couples that travel the same way to work are happier together, a new study in the U.S. and China concludes.

Mark Byrnes

The Dawn of the Municipal Chief Innovation Officer

San Francisco and Philadelphia are the first major U.S. cities to install innovation officers. What exactly do these guys do, and will their stodgy government colleagues let them get away with it?

Nate Berg

L.A.'s Unofficial Late Night Bike Marathon

Taking advantage of closed streets for a bike ride down carless streets – at 4 a.m.


The U.S. Cities With the Fastest Growing Job Markets

Last year was a decent one for employment growth in large metros.

JCDecaux et al.

This Bus Shelter Will Give You Free Cake

The pinnacle of bus-shelter advertising madness has officially been reached with this pastry-scented campaign in London.

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2012's Hottest Music Cities, According to SXSW

A statistical look at the leading indie rock scenes represented at this year's festival in Austin.


Map of the Day: When to Sell Your House

U.S. housing prices peak at different times based on their geography.

Casey Neistat

Won't Somebody Please Stop This Guy Stealing Bikes in New York City?

Filmmaker Casey Neistat explains why he decided to reenact his famous 2005 bike-thieving experiment.

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The Streetcar As a City's Moving Symbol

A survey of light rail aesthetics from around the world.

U.K. Dept. for Transportation

Puffins, Pelicans, and Toucans: The Delightful Names of British Crosswalks

There are more animals in the U.K.'s pedestrian infrastructure than there are in the London Zoo.


Postcard From Nagoya

A sister city sibling rivalry and more news from Nagoya, Japan.


A Town Gets the Green Carpet Treatment

An art collective rolls out a 1,400-foot path of turf for a small town in France.

REUTERS/David Gray

In China, Great Urbanization Brings Great Health Risks

Better care is needed for rural-to-urban migrant workers, a new review concludes.


The Quest for Safer Intersections

Researchers are trying to solve a classic driving dilemma by eliminating its danger.


Hold on Tom Friedman … Resource-Rich Places Can Be Smart, Too

What the New York Times columnist got wrong in his recent look at the relationship between natural resources and knowledge-based development.


Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's Latest Legal Battle, Explained

In most American cities, this latest charge would probably have come in the form of a recall effort.


What Mumbai and Beijing Can Learn From New York

Two recent exhibits highlight American planning's strengths alongside its great weaknesses.

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Feel Good Story of the Day: Arlington Marks 2 Years Murder-Free

There haven't been any recorded homicides in the affluent Virginia county since 2009.