Vancouver

photo: a high-speed train in Switzerland

The Case for Portland-to-Vancouver High-Speed Rail

At the Cascadia Rail Summit outside Seattle, a fledgling scheme to bring high-speed rail from Portland to Vancouver found an enthusiastic reception.

a photo of a woman on a SkyTrain car its way to the airport in Vancouver, British Columbia.

In the City That Ride-Hailing Forgot, Change Is Coming

Fears of congestion and a powerful taxi lobby have long kept ride-hailing apps out of transit-friendly Vancouver, British Columbia. That’s about to change.  

New Taxes and Higher Density Aren’t Fixing Vancouver’s Housing Problem

To combat the exodus of its working and middle classes, the city needs an aggressive affordable housing strategy—and fast.

A crow perches on a gravestone in Ukraine.

When Crows Attack

One man is on a mission to map bird-on-human aggression around the world.

Green Bloc participants gather in Vancouver.

In Vancouver, a Climate Program That's All About the Neighbors

Community events and a little friendly competition simplify the enormous task of slashing ecological footprints.

Could Immigration Policy Turn Vancouver Into Silicon Valley?

The Canadian city already hosts a range of companies, from Amazon to Hootsuite. After President Trump’s executive order, it could really capitalize on a tech sector built by foreign workers.

Excavating the Legacy of the Internment Camps

Through new research and exhibitions, historians are racing to preserve stories from the forced relocation of Americans and Canadians of Japanese descent during World War II.

Where to Find the World's Longest Recreational Trail

It’s in Canada, where the 14,864-mile path will be fully completed in 2017.

A Seawall That Proves Strong Infrastructure Can Be Pretty, Too

Heavy doesn’t have to mean ugly.

Vancouver Wants to Share an Umbrella With You

A very neighborly Canadian solution for that out-of-nowhere downpour.

Wearable Maps of 80 Cities Around the Globe

A U.K. designer is using open data to produce dramatic t-shirts of cities from Phoenix to Beijing.

A Huge Smoke Wave Makes the Pacific Northwest Smell Like 'Burnt Toast'

Watch it swoop over the horizon with this time-lapse footage.

This Guy Invented a Cordless Drill-Powered Skateboard

Use a simple Black & Decker to scoot along for miles—or install drywall, your choice.

The World's Most Polluted Bird Hails From Vancouver

The city's toxin-ridden hawks are so contaminated they're "flameproof."

The Social Costs of Driving in Vancouver, in 1 Chart

A new data tool shows society pays $9.20 for every dollar spent in a car.

The Complete Business Case for Converting Street Parking Into Bike Lanes

An annotated, chart-filled review of 12 studies from around the world.

After a Series of Failures, This Is How Vancouver Finally Built a Controversial Bike Lane

The Burrard Street Bridge is a case study in pushing a difficult policy.

Yet Another Reason to Like Green Neighborhoods: They're Associated With Healthier Births

Over the course of 3 years, pregnant women living in Vancouver’s greenest neighborhoods delivered healthier babies than those in less tree-lined communities.

The Navy Is Tracking Ocean Sounds Collected by Scientists

A network of Internet-connected undersea microphones is picking up more than whale songs.

How Vancouver Became One of North America's Most Family-Friendly Cities

It took very concerted policy efforts going back to the early 1990s.