Mobility

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The Neuroscience of Car Dependence

Why the brain has such a hard time considering all travel options.

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A Striking New Way to Visualize Mobility

This tool shows how far you can travel in 10 minutes in ghostly splotches and tendrils.

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The Woman Leading Salt Lake City's Transportation Revolution

Robin Hutcheson is part of a new class of female DOT heads stressing alternatives to cars.

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Las Vegas (Of All Places) May Be About to Reinvent Car Ownership

The all-you-can-move sharing system Project 100 launches this summer, but many questions remain.

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3 Depressing GIFs That Illustrate Who's Failed by Public Transit

This is what a subway map looks like when you remove every stop that isn't wheelchair accessible.

This Super Useful App Wants to Change How We Get Around Cities

"Every safe, legal, and reliable way that's out there, we want to bring to you in the palm of your hand."

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Why Americans Stopped Moving to the Richest States

The long road from "go west, young man" to "stay put, everyone."

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Why Some Communities Police Themselves, While Others Don't

Familiarity and social ties influence our decision to intervene on behalf of others. 

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A Before-and-After Guide to Safer Streets

Five image pairs — and simple rules — courtesy of New York City.

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The Rise of Staying Put

Why has America been growing less mobile for 60 years?

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The Surprising Key to Making Transit-Oriented Development Work

Turns out quality matters less than government support.

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When It Comes to Streetcars and Economic Development, There's So Much We Don't Know

Both BRT and streetcars are championed as tools for development. But only one has evidence to back that up.

Let's All Stop Obsessing About the 'Next Great Thing' in Urban Transportation

Instead of coveting some trendy system, let's spend a little more time fixing the ones we've got.

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The Case for Caution When It Comes to Building Streetcars

There are several reasons to be excited about streetcars — and several others to be skeptical.

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Aggregating Cell Phone Data in Search of the 'Pulse of the Planet'

Universal mobility patterns we haven't fully understood before could soon come into view.

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We've Been Looking at the Spread of Global Pandemics All Wrong

Redrawn maps of the world's air-transport network could change the way we track disease from city to city.

The Best Maps We've Seen of Sandy's Transit Outage in New York

How transit access changes the perception of distance and accessibility of resources in a city.

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The Mystery of Our Declining Mobility

Americans moved less than ever between 2005 and 2010 — but no one seems to know why.

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Should Millennials Feel Guilty for Leaving Their Small Towns Behind?

Growing up, I couldn't wait to flee central Indiana. Now I just feel lucky, and terrible.