Perspective

A photo of President Donald Trump showing off U.S.-Mexico border wall prototypes in March 2018.

This Isn't a Border Wall: It's a Monument to White Supremacy

Like Confederate monuments, President Trump’s vision of a massive wall along the Mexican border is about propaganda and racial oppression, not national security.

A photo of people waiting for a bus in Baltimore, MD.

Hard Lessons From Baltimore’s Bus Redesign

After losing a $2.9 billion light-rail project, the transit-dependent city got a rebooted bus system. But ridership and reliability has barely budged.

A woman, forced into the street by blocked sidewalks, pushes a stroller down a street in Boston.

Why Cities, Not Individuals, Should Clear Snow From Sidewalks

Most U.S. cities leave the responsibility of sidewalk snow removal to homeowners, landlords, and businesses. The result: endangered pedestrians.

Carpenters frame a wall.

America’s Housing Crisis Could Imperil Trump’s Presidency

Many of the administration’s most famous policies are impediments to affordable construction.

Trump Is Grinding the System to a Halt

Thousands of air-traffic controllers and TSA employees continue to work without pay. It’s unfair—and it’s potentially dangerous.

The 4th Street bus terminal in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Getting Around the City With Kids, When Formal Transit Has Collapsed

In Harare, Zimbabwe, mothers going about daily tasks have few good options for travel. Here's how we make it work.

A photo of traffic outside Chicago.

In a Reversal, ‘Car-Rich’ Households Are Growing

Despite ride-hailing’s promise, vehicle ownership (and traffic) is on the rise in America’s biggest, most transit-oriented cities. So how is mobility really changing?

A resident of New York's high-rise housing project Co-op City looks out from his apartment balcony.

Co-op City: How New York Made Large-Scale Affordable Housing Work

The mega-complex of middle-income housing in the Bronx, which just turned 50, offers a (mostly) successful alternative to the speculative housing market.

People walk through the RAW area in Berlin, Germany.

Berlin Protects Clubs and Nightlife—Why Doesn’t London?

If London doesn’t learn to value and protect nightlife, the city that birthed drum ‘n bass, the Rolling Stones, and Ronnie Scott’s will lose its diversity.

Demonstrators outside of the U.S. Capitol during a Poor People's Campaign rally.

Progressive Populism Roared Back In 2018

Populism was reclaimed by American progressives, as citizen-initiated ballot measures and a Poor People’s Campaign took aim at poverty and voter suppression.

From Singapore to D.C. to Lagos: Global Thinkers on Ideas That Died in 2018

Sam Adams, Sarah Deer, Stephen Goldsmith, Sarah Ichioka, Emeka Okereke, Rhonda Vonshay Sharpe, Katie Wells, and David Zipper weigh in.

Kenyans board matatus in Nairobi, Kenya.

Once Again, a Ban on Matatus in the Nairobi City Center Has Failed

This month, Nairobi tried to ban matatus from the city center. As the privately owned buses are many Kenyans’ only travel option, the ban lasted only a day.

East Passyunk Manhole Cover

The Casual Racism of a Philadelphia Neighborhood’s Manhole Covers

Philadelphia’s East Passyunk Avenue teems with visitors to trendy shops and restaurants. Nobody can say when or why a stereotypical Native American image came to represent it.

Chauncey Moran, vice chairman of the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve and a volunteer stream monitor for Yellow Dog River

How Rural America Is Saving Itself

The New York Times is the latest outlet to ask “can rural America be saved?” They’re asking the wrong question.

Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village

How Low Turnover Fuels New York City’s Affordable Housing Crisis

American Community Survey data shows that New Yorkers stay in apartments, including rent-regulated ones, for longer than most, leaving little room for newcomers.

A photo of a "yellow vest" protester in Paris, where high gas taxes have contributed to a wave of unrest.

What France’s ‘Yellow Vest’ Protests Can Teach California

A lesson from Paris: Policies that reduce climate emissions at the expense of the economically disadvantaged are unsustainable.

a photo of New York City subway commuters.

New York City’s Self-Induced Transportation Crisis

Bill de Blasio and other city officials are heading for commuting calamity by failing to properly plan a coherent vision for subways, buses, e-bikes, and ride-hailing.

A "Virginia is for Amazon Lovers" sign at an HQ2 press conference

Mayors Should Take a Stand Against a Future Amazon HQ2

Calling on federal government to regulate economic incentives is a cop-out. It’s time for America’s big cities and mayors to stand up to companies like Amazon.

Buying ice cream from an ice cream truck.

The Discrimination Muslim Women Face: Lessons for City Planning Outreach

It’s not just hate crimes. Muslim women in Dearborn, Michigan, say they face subtle and non-subtle discrimination while going about their daily activities.

A flag along Wyoming Highway 59.

A City-Suburban Coalition Can’t Win While the System Favors Rural Voters

Gerrymandering and U.S. Senate composition diminish the power of urban voters. For Rahm Emanuel’s proposed urban-suburban coalition to succeed, this must change.

A bus at a San Francisco bus terminal.

Bikeshare, Scooters, Cars, Trains, Bridges: One Agency to Rule Them All

For transport to truly enhance quality of life in a city, one regional agency should have jurisdiction over everything transportation-related in a metro area.