Boston

Is This the Next Mayor of Boston?

City Councilor Michelle Wu, a Chicago native, has pushed for fare-free transit, tangled with Airbnb over housing regulations, and shaken up the politics of Old Boston.  

To Build a Better Bus Lane, Just Paint It

“Red carpet” bus lanes can be a cheap, fast, and effective way to smooth commutes for public transit users and drivers alike.

A Valentine’s Day Tradition, Born in the Heart of Boston

In the 1800s, candy helped make Boston an industrial powerhouse. Candy hearts have been a lasting legacy of that era, though their future is less certain.

How the Boston Molasses Disaster Ushered in the Era of Modern Regulation

100 years ago, a massive wave of molasses marked one of the strangest industrial disasters in modern history. It also marked a major moment in U.S. public policy.

How Boston Got Its ‘T’

Designers Peter Chermayeff and Tom Geismar talk about how they gave the MBTA an enduring makeover.

Lyft Just Became America’s Biggest Bikeshare Company

By acquiring Motivate, Uber’s chief rival will take over the docked systems in New York, D.C., San Francisco, and more.

A Getaway cabin is pictured.

City Life Stressing You Out? Flee to These Tiny Homes in the Woods

A startup is betting that young city-dwellers need to unwind in the least urban place imaginable.

Black and white West Charlotte High School students pose together in and around their school bus in 1972.

How America's Most Integrated School Segregated Again

A new book tracks how a Charlotte, North Carolina, high school went from an integration success story to the city’s most isolated and impoverished school.

The Far Right's Day in Boston

Participants in a “free speech” rally say they aren’t white nationalists, but claim there is a “war against whites” in America.

Students use tongs to fill up their plates with healthy lunch options at a school salad bar

Can Boston Solve School Lunch?

What does it take to transform cafeteria options in city schools for the better?

Boston City Government Has A Racial Pay Disparity Problem

There is a significant gap in the earnings of white employees and people of color. A new racial equity strategy for the city plans to correct that.

A woman walks down a flooded sidewalk in knee-high water

The Cities Poised to Face Massive Flooding in the Not-So-Distant Future

“We have time to respond. We must use it wisely.”

Boston Commuters Brace For GIF-Based Etiquette Campaign

Get ready to have your subway behavior corrected by cute dogs, cats, and a sneezing panda.

Helping Boomers Find Millennial Roommates

In a college town, students and older homeowners have a lot to offer each other. That’s why two urban planners built an app to bring them together.

An Uber pulls up to a curb at New York's LaGuardia airport.

Ride-Share Drivers in Boston Are Losing Their Jobs Over Decades-Old Offenses

Since a new bill came into effect in January, 8,000 drivers have had their certificates revoked—some over infractions from the 1950s.

In Boston, protestors hold signs reading "Better Housing, No Olympic Games"

How Bostonians Defeated the Olympics

“We should never be planning our cities around three-week events, or planning our cities around visitors.”

Why Boston Is Paying Ex-Gang Members To Go To College

The deal: $400 a week to stay in school. Is it worth it?

Small sensors atop a fleet of garbage trucks in a garage in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Cambridge's Fleet of Smart Garbage Trucks Is Here to Sniff Out Problems

A collaboration between the city and MIT’s Senseable City Lab, these sensor-equipped vehicles can detect gas leaks, potholes, and other urban hurdles across their paths.

Bridj Collapses After Just 3 Years

The bus company trying to bridge public transit with ride-hailing shuts down after failing to secure new investment.

Reimagining Retail Carts for Street Vendors

Radlab’s bright and compact new Modular Urban Vending carts in Boston put a new face on street vending.