Beach Week

Where the water meets the city.

a photo of the L.A. Metro Expo Line extension

Why Can’t I Take Public Transit to the Beach?

In the U.S., getting to the beach usually means driving. But some sandy shores can still be reached by train, subway, and bus.

a photo of a beach cruiser bike.

The California Beach Cruiser Built a Bike Movement

In the 1970s, the signature fat-tired mobility mode of beach towns managed to turn vacationers into bicycle riders.

Rockaway Beach is Disappearing and Resurgent All at Once

After Superstorm Sandy, New York City’s oceanfront neighborhood got a boost of investment. But that hasn’t stopped the waves from stealing the beach.

a photo from the film "Jaws"

All I Really Needed to Know About Cities I Learned From ‘Jaws’

Want to understand how public meetings work, the power of place-based branding, and why bad mayors keep getting re-elected? Look no further than Amity Island.

Staying Afloat on an Island of Wealth

Each summer on Martha's Vineyard, year-round residents and seasonal workers struggle to find affordable housing amid the island’s luxury real estate.