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Why Dakar Is Essentially Being Repaved By Hand

The government transformed a major infrastructure project into a jobs program, employing hundreds of struggling Senagalese.

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A New Documentary Highlights the Reinvention of America's Streets

Bike lanes, bike shares, pedestrian safety laws, and more.

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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.

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Cuban Streets May Finally Escape the 1960s

The government has just lifted a 50-year ban on imported vehicles.

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Bike vs. Car: Parking Spot Edition

A clever rack illustrates the efficiency of cycles.

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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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No, Bike Lanes Don't Hurt Retail Business

They may even bring in more customers, according to a recent Seattle case study.

Kaid Benfield

Streets Can Be Public Spaces Too

A street shouldn't just be about transportation, but also about civic definition and social and commercial interaction.

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Why We Should Never Fine Cyclists

Forget the penalties—bike riders shouldn't have to obey laws designed for 4,000-pound automobiles.

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Rahm Emanuel's Quid Pro Quo Solution to the Cyclist-Driver Battle in Chicago

Double the fines for bikers that break traffic laws ... and the drivers that door them.

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How Pocket Green Space Can Transform a State Capital

A look at Hartford, Connecticut.

Kaid Benfield

Tips for Creating Public Spaces People Actually Want to Use

A city's residents understand how to make exciting streets, squares and parks. Here's how to engage them in the process.

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Does Who You See on the Street Determine How Long You'll Live?

New research suggests who you see may subtly affect your life expectancy.

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The Case for Keeping Seattle's Streets Messy

Let's stop talking about how to "fix the grid" and recognize what we have.

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Making City Biking Less Scary

Maps of traffic stress show where improvements can help build a better bicycle network.

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Strip Malls and Big Box Stores Linked to Increased Traffic Deaths Among Seniors

How urban design affects serious traffic accidents among our oldest populations.

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Why City Kids Need to Play in the Street

Traditional street play is good for kids precisely because it allows them to figure out how to use their environment in creative ways on their own.

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An Illegal Curbside Garden Flourishes in L.A.

Growing food and community in the narrow strip between the sidewalk and the street.

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Shoes Over Telephone Wires: This Probably Doesn't Explain It

Chicago residents are scratching their heads over this age-old mystery.