Walkability

What Millennials Want—And Why Cities Are Right to Pay Them So Much Attention

You might be sick of hearing about this generation, but two recent surveys show they can't, and shouldn't, be dismissed. 

What Does 'Livable' Mean to Older Americans?

Turns out, we're not good at anticipating the kind of community we'll need as we age.

In the U.S., a Quick Walk to the Store Is a Rare Thing Indeed

Very few American cities offer residents the easiest way to grab healthy food fast. 

An Illustrated History of All the Ways Urban Environments Can Control Us

War of Streets and Houses explores how a city can simultaneously foster and crush social change.

The Future of the Suburbs Is Unfolding in Arizona's East Valley

Developers on the eastern edge of Mesa are building a new mixed-use master-planned community, friendly to both residents and big businesses.

Europe's Most Congested City Contemplates Going Car-Free

A new mayor in Brussels wants to turn a central axis into a pedestrian-only zone.

We Don't Know Nearly As Much About the Link Between Public Health and Urban Planning As We Think We Do

Car culture may not be making us sick. Cities aren't necessarily healthier than suburbs.

Madrid's Big Plan to Swear Off Cars

The city's new master plan lays out a sharp turn back toward a pedestrian- and bike-friendly city.

Why Correcting Misperceptions About Mass Transit May Be More Important Than Improving Service

Attitudes toward public transportation and concerns about safety have a huge influence over whether or not a person rides.

The Evolution of Driving in America

How cars slowly took over our lives, and our transportation options.

The Neighborhood Data Portal Every City Needs

Los Angeles rolls out interactive neighborhood health profiles covering everything from crime stats to obesity rates.

The Neverending Evolution of 'Quality of Life' Rankings

Society has been quantifying the "best" places to live for a long time, but the things we care most about are never fixed.

Facebook's 'Company Town' Looks a Bit Like Smart Growth

Pros and cons of the planned mixed-use housing development in Menlo Park.

40 Percent of Americans Say Their Neighborhoods Are Unwalkable

A vast majority of people want to walk more, but say there are no nearby services, shops, schools, or jobs to get to.

For Second-Tier European Cities, It's a Race to Go Greener, Faster

A visit to Nantes, the French city that's trying to distinguish itself by practically banning cars.

Have We Reached Peak Sprawl?

What Atlanta's shifting real estate landscape might mean for the future of the country.

We've Entered the Age of the 'Anti-Mall'

Even the suburbs have figured out that walkable retail, not enclosed big box stores surrounded by parking lots, is the way to go.

On Coming Back to the U.S. After a Month Without a Car

Spending the summer in Europe opened my eyes. Or did it?

What Happens When a Town Puts People Before Cars?

Hamburg, New York, rejected the widening of its local main street. Since then, crashes are down and property values are way up.