There's a Smarter Way To Pick Infrastructure Projects

How well do we prioritize what to build or fix? Not well at all, says a new report.

Amazon's Seattle headquarters are pictured with the Space Needle.

Lab Report: How Amazon Changed Seattle

A morning roundup of the day’s news.

A Bright Idea to Revive a Neighborhood

The financial crisis brought (literally) darker times to parts of Athens. Now one neighborhood is fighting to bring light back to the streets.

The Overlooked Problem that Is Putting Thousands of Americans Underwater

New legislation to charge water bills based on monthly income is cropping up in Philadelphia and Baltimore, designed to keep people from drowning in water debt.

Stop One-Party Rule in Big Cities

A former Democratic mayor argues that his party’s grip on urban politics needs to end.

Construction cranes work on towers of a portion of a new cable-stayed bridge, a public project that is being built to replace the Governor Malcolm Wilson Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson River.

How to Make Private Investment in Infrastructure Really Work

PPPs hold big promise for projects in urban America—if Congress eliminates regulations and perverse incentives.  

Residents of a low-income, Washington, D.C., neighborhood walk near their area's only grocery store—a tiny, heavily gated structure.

What Makes an Unhealthy State

Socioeconomic conditions outrank all others factors in determining well-being.

A resident pushes wheelbarrow across a flooded street in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav in New Orleans.

The Case for the Flood-Proof Lawn

New Orleans’ water infrastructure needs a lot of work. In the meantime, some residents are taking a new street-level approach to dealing with a deluge.

Kentucky Says It's High Time for Hemp

An eccentric coalition of libertarians, environmentalists, and GOP lawmakers are promoting the virtues of the useful weed for rural and urban areas alike. But there’s one big legal hurdle.

Building Community Through Better Street Lights

A new film highlights a pioneering lighting project in historic Cartagena.

An illustration of a thumbprint.

The Safe Way to Build a Smart City

Any city with data initiatives faces the same questions: How much information should the government release, and in what form? Seattle’s proactive but cautious approach could provide the answer.

Why Does Sweden Have So Many Startups?

How a tiny country with high government spending bred a large number of vibrant young businesses

People are pictured dancing in a bar.

How to Be a Good 'Night Mayor'

New York is the first major American city to create an official body to oversee nightlife. Here’s what it can learn from the European cities that have tried it so far.

Why the Future Looks Like Pittsburgh

The city’s rise as a global innovation city reflects decades of investment in emerging technology, a new Brookings report says.

The Hunt for an 'Entrepreneurial Ecosystem'

Business boosters believe connectivity is the key to spurring new businesses. But can that model work in chronically disinvested communities?

The Cumberland River flows past Nissan Stadium in Nashville in October 2016

Nashville's Water Wars

The growing metro area is full of rivers and creeks that keep spilling over. In order to design a solution, officials will have to bridge the urban-rural divide.

The Rise of Public-Sector Crowdfunding

Around the country, local governments are soliciting donations for everything from dog parks to public defenders. Is this a practical response to budget cuts or a sign that publicly funded services are in trouble?

An inspector stands in front of an archway in a dark sewer tunnel

London's Sewers Are Clogged With Massive Globs of Fat. Here’s Why It’s Hard to Get Rid of Them

“Fatbergs,” these vast bundles of congealed grease, are becoming the stuff of urban legend—but preventing their formation can be complex.

An undocumented immigrant who is a recipient of DACA and a nursing student stands in front of the White House protesting the Trump administration's phasing out of the program.

How Universities Are Protecting Their DREAMers

The University of California is suing the Trump administration for rescinding DACA. Here’s what else colleges are doing to help undocumented students.

A wheelchair user is pictured in front of protest signs about accessibility.

Google Gets Serious About Mapping Wheelchair Accessibility

The tech giant is tapping into its global army of users to make its Maps app more useful for people with disabilities.