Urban Wonk

You Already Own the Next Most Important Transportation Planning Tool

Your cell phone may provide the insight planners need to develop more efficient roads.

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Why the Places We Live Make Us Happy

The strange factors that impact whether we're content where we live.

Courtesy: DART

One Metro, Three Vastly Different Approaches to Public Transit

What three cities in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area can teach us about the outcomes of transit access and coverage.

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Can Ontario Really Deliver North America's Best Smart Growth Plan?

Places to Grow is certainly ambitious. Here's a look at the successes and challenges a couple years in.

City of Portland

Why Portland's Public Toilets Succeeded Where Others Failed

The Portland Loo's defense-first design has freed it from becoming a beaten-down haven for illegal activity

Courtesy: U.S. Drought Monitor

Fixing America's Soon-To-Be Waterless Cities

Urban areas around the country are drying up - are there any easy solutions?

Documenting the New Generation of Health Problems Caused by Sprawl

In a new documentary, a trio of doctors examine why diseases like diabetes and obesity have sky-rocketed

Courtesy: DCYards.com

After Decades of Neglect, Washington Finally Fixes Its Waterfront

A new plan will bring residents to the river's edge for shopping and hanging out

What Smart Growth Advocates Get Wrong About Density

It isn't just about the number of buildings

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A Boston Museum's Deft Attempt at Balancing Old and New

How the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum walked the tightrope between its founder's wishes and a sleek new design

Reuters

How an Ink Cartridge Trashed in Seattle Ended Up in Mexico

A group of MIT scientists chronicles the long, sad journey of our waste

Courtesy: Dave Weed

How To Make a City Healthy

A group outlines eight key pillars of sustainable communities

Reuters

What Neighborhoods Need to Succeed at Walkability

According to a new study, the secret is stores that attract outsiders

Courtesy: Stefano Boeri

A Bold Vision for an Urban Forest

A designer in Milan lays out six innovative ideas for a "bio-diverse metropolis"

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A Solution for California's Transportation Woes

A report suggests that high-speed rail would make the state healthier, greener and less congested

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The Lost City of Cahokia

New evidence of a "sprawling metropolis" that existed in East St. Louis from 1000-1300 A.D.

Building a Greener Dorm

New apartments at the College of William & Mary will cut energy consumption by about 75 percent

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Silicon Valley's Urban Planning Dilemma

An environmental law that sometimes keeps the region from building housing that's close to jobs

Reuters

How the Tea Party Is Upending Urban Planning

Activists have opposed everything from environmental regulations to smart growth. What kind of long-term impact will they have?