Linda Poon

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Mapping Where the Lights Are Brighter, And Where They're Going Dark

In four short years, urbanization, economics, and war have changed a satellite’s view of the Earth at night.

Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

Bangkok's Street Vendors Are Not the Enemies of Public Space

Yet the Thai government has long been on a mission to “clean up” the streets and “return the pavements to the pedestrians.”

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Singapore, City of Sensors

They’re on buses, atop buildings, in parks, and inside drains as part of the island’s vision to become the world’s first “Smart Nation.” But what do they mean for privacy?

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A Better Way to Map Humanity's Spread Around the Earth

Nighttime maps show where people have settled and built, but they miss a lot, too. A new campaign is turning to the crowd to identify where people move as the world population grows.

Mike Blake/Reuters

Uber Wants to Get More People in Electric Cars

Starting in Portland.

Hyperloop One

Should the Hyperloop Be for Cities or Suburbia?

One company is making progress on the technology, but where it ends up is an open question.

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In a Twist, Kentucky's Coal Museum Will Now Be Powered By Solar

The move will save the museum $8,000 to $10,000 a year in energy costs.

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Rebuilding the 'Kingdom of Bicycles'

Two decades ago, China pushed bikes aside to advance its car-centric ambitions. Now it’s regretting that move—and betting on bike share to making cycling cool again.

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Taser Aims to Bring Free Body Cams to U.S. Police

The stun-gun makers are offering body cameras and data storage for one year to departments nationwide. But before police departments jump at the offer, they should be mindful of the hidden costs of acquiring new technology.

Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

To Build a Great Public Space, You Need More Than Good Design

In low-income neighborhoods, even the best-designed parks and community centers go to waste if no one uses them. The nonprofit Kounkuey Design Initiative is taking that challenge head-on.

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In Search of the Smartest City

Can Bloomberg Philanthropies establish a national standard for data-driven governments?

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Riding Up Front With Immigrants' Stories

A new project hopes to increase tolerance by having passengers strike up conversations with their taxi and ride-hailing drivers.

Eric Grant

The Tech Helping Immigrants Hack the Ban

Across the country, designers and coders are coming together to develop tools for communities targeted by Trump’s orders.

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How the World's First Cities Got Started

A 12,000-year-old “Stonehenge on steroids” transformed nomadic humans into members of complex societies.

Transit Center

On Transit Policy, City Leaders Have More Power Than They Think

State and federal policies often get in the way of transportation planning, but they don’t have to. A new field guide shows how cities can take charge.

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Unlocking the Hidden Power of a Highway

An ambitious effort in Georgia aims to turn a rural road into living lab for cutting-edge technologies.

Michael Dwyer/AP

To Fight Snow Storms, Bring Out the Big Data

Cities like Boston aren’t just rolling out the heavy-duty plow trucks. Analytic tools are helping them to make snow removal a smarter and more efficient process.

Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters

A Theory on Why Dhaka Has the Best Spot on Earth for a City

Geographically speaking, the Bangladeshi city has all the right criteria to be the "central point of human civilization."