Andrew Small

Urban Aeronautics

When Cars Fly

The flying cars that we’ve been dreaming about for decades are not here yet, and we already have very unreasonable expectations.

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The Secret Lives of Speakeasies

Decades before Prohibition, the unlicensed saloons of Pittsburgh flouted state liquor laws, fomented social movements, and started a national trend.

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Why Housing Policy Should Be Health Policy

The features of urban decay can have a powerful effect on the overall wellness of a community. But these health impacts are often left relatively unexamined.

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The Ultimate 2016 Presidential Election Map?

An amateur cartographer at Washington State University took on the huge task of gathering precinct voting data.

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How Fast Food Cornered the Urban Market

Small business loans backed by the federal government helped the Golden Arches and its rivals conquer the city.

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Can the Great Lakes Shake Off the Rust?

The decline of manufacturing in the Rust Belt is more recent than we think, and jobs are slowly returning. But the region desperately needs a youth revival to balance national population trends.

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How to Make Urban Highways Vanish

Thanks to this free open-source mapping tool, you can digitally demolish your city’s loathed urban expressways and reveal what lies beneath.

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We Rode an Ikea Bike

There’s some assembly required for the Swedish company’s new commuter bicycle, Sladda. Can it handle the rigors of the American city?

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Do Cities Need a Political Movement?

Richard Schragger argues that urban areas will need to work together to flex their might in national politics.

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When Cities Went Electric

You might know about Tesla vs. Edison. In cities, it was Edison vs. Westinghouse.

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Austin (Briefly) Gets a No-Frills Private Bike Share

A San Francisco startup, Spin, debuted a station-free bike share in Austin. Is it the next big thing or are they just spinning their wheels?

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Can D.C's Homeless Live in Discarded Subway Cars?

Visionary architect Arthur Cotton Moore’s latest idea: an affordable housing project built out of old Metro cars.

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What Cities Looked Like Before the EPA

Whatever happens to the Environmental Protection Agency, it has a clear legacy in cities.

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Wastelands Reborn

Turning around abandoned urban spaces sometimes just takes a little imagination.

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Bicycle People: Speak Your Mind

A new survey wants city dwellers on two wheels to add their two cents about cycling infrastructure and culture.

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Is America Breaking Up With Cars?

America hit peak car ownership in 2006. The numbers have been declining since—until recently.

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The Wastelands of Urban Renewal

Through large-scale demolition and clearance, American urban renewal waged a war on perceived waste—and created a new tide of it.

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Could the Human Race Fit in a Single City?

How about a single building?