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

Blame pricier consultant fees, high labor costs and age

Courtesy Atlanta Beltline

Atlanta Beltline: the Best Sustainabilty Project in America?

The plan offers an innovative vision for combining parks and transit

Courtesy Galina Tachieva

The Unbearable Cost of Sprawl

How planners can correct some of the worst excesses of the exurbs

In Australia, a National Plan for Urban Planning

In a heady new report, the country outlines its vision for how cities should be

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In California, a 'Bus' Without a Bus

One town is experimenting with a fitness program that encourages students to walk to school

Preserving a Canadian Ghost Town

A website chronicles the stories of a deserted town in a 'scrapbook with superpowers'

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Commuting: One More Thing Europe Is Better At

A new tool makes it clear just how car-dependent Americans still are

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Paying for Public Parks

Thanks to huge budget shortfalls, cities often have no choice but to charge for use of public spaces

Reuters

How to Get More Apples and Facebooks

It's high time to invest in the infrastructure cities need to foster new industrial clusters

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The 19 Building Types That Caused the Recession

How suburban storage units and big box food stores brought down the economy

Flickr user Kyle Taylor, Dream It. Do It. World Tour, under a Creative Commons license

Privatizing Police Work

A Minnesota town hires a private security firm to handle its police work

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How New Orleans Got Its Recycling Back

Why it took six years for the city to solve its waste problem

Flickr user Kansas Poetry (Patrick), under a Creative Commons license

The New Capitals of High Speed Internet

Kansas City's Internet is about to get 100 times faster - now, it's got to figure out how to harness that power

Reuters

The Only Hope for Reducing Traffic

A new study makes the fundamental case for congestion pricing

Flickr/Vincent Desjardins

The Folly of City-Owned Parking Garages

Guaranteeing cheap downtown parking creates all the wrong incentives for drivers

REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Another Problem With Zuccotti Park: It Isn't a Very Good Park

Semi-coercing private companies into building parks is a good way to build some pretty bad parks

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The Limits of New Urbanism in Portland's Orenco Station

Walking and social interaction are high in this planned community, but commuting by transit remains low

Flickr user Kaizer Rangwala, licensed under Creative Commons

How Suburban Sprawl Works Like a Ponzi Scheme

Ending the economic crisis in cities means ensuring a higher rate of return on infrastructure investments

Robert Torzynski

Should the Public Pay for Unprofitable Transit Routes?

A bold proposal to eliminate money-losing lines revives the question