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Are Streetcars Part of the Transit Network?

Are they primarily about economic development or getting people around a city?

How Istanbul Will Define This Decade

Istanbul is on pace to become Europe's most populous metro between 2017 and 2018. How will the city handle it?

The U.S. Has a Social Mobility Problem, But Not the One You Think

A child's chances of reaching the middle class aren't declining. But whether they get there depends a lot on where they live.

The Government Is Really Bad at Predicting Americans' Driving Habits

The Department of Transportation repeatedly over-estimates vehicle miles traveled.

The Decline of the American Book Lover

And why the downturn might be over.

Why Free Sunday Parking Is a Bad Deal for Everyone

Weekend meter fees can reduce circling time, help local businesses, and generate money for transit.

Driving Is Actually Less Energy-Efficient Than Flying

A revealing comparison in how we've come to use two very different modes of transportation.

The Growth of College Grads in Dead-End Jobs

The rise of the baristas.

Where Does Obesity Come From?

We think poverty makes people obese and that obesity makes people poor. It's harder to understand exactly why.

This Chart Explains Why the Nation Is Riveted By the Chris Christie Scandal

Never underestimate the power of commuting issues.

The Cities With the Cheapest Beer in the World

Permanent happy hour.

A Higher Minimum Wage Could Lift Millions Out of Poverty

With rippling effects on inequality.

Have We Reached Peak Road?

Paved mileage seems to have leveled off between 2008 and 2011.

New York Probably Will Lose Its (Population) Edge Over Florida

Florida is expected to edge out New York as the third most populous state in the 2013 census.

11 Reasons Why Bicycling in the U.S. Is Exceptionally Dangerous

There are huge variations in bicycle safety, country by country.

Americans Are Terrible at Estimating Income Inequality

In some surprising ways.

Report: Schools in American Cities Are Still a Mess

Charlotte, North Carolina, is doing well, though.

This Chart Blows Up the Myth of the Welfare Queen

The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows us the frugal reality of life on the social safety net.

Are Hurricanes Getting Stronger?

Science may finally be approaching an answer.