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America's Accessible Cities

Wendell Cox | Posted 11.04.2014 | Los Angeles
Wendell Cox

With frequent press attention on traffic congestion and "gridlock," it may be surprising that work trip travel times in US cities are better than those of high income competitors in other nations. Indeed, the University of Minnesota's David Levinson, found that the typical employee can reach two-thirds of jobs in major US metropolitan areas within 30 minutes.

The Unhappiest Cities In America Are Actually Really Beautiful

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 07.25.2014 | Travel

Last week, the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research published a paper titled "Unhappy Cities", which revealed the least happy cities in America. ...

These Are The Most Generous Cities In America

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 06.28.2014 | Impact

Though it's not hard to find people with big hearts all over the U.S., this is the country's pocket where people are, well, digging into their pockets...

Why Cities Are Smarter

Lance Hosey | Posted 05.06.2014 | Green
Lance Hosey

Urbanization is happening rapidly. Globally today, for the first time ever, more people live in cities than anywhere else.

4 Ways Cities Should Be Adapting to Change

Ben Hecht | Posted 08.26.2013 | Impact
Ben Hecht

Living Cities found that municipal fiscal strain, inadequate infrastructure, poor educational outcomes, a skills/job mismatch and a struggling housing market, will be defining urban issues for years to come. I thought it would be helpful to highlight the four key ways that cities need to adapt.

The Top 10 Best Cities In The U.S. For Newlyweds

Posted 05.23.2013 | Weddings

For newlyweds, finding the right city to call home can be a challenge -- perhaps you're from opposite ends of the country and want to pick a place in ...

5 Elements That Could Fix What Ails America's Cities

Ben Hecht | Posted 07.03.2013 | Impact
Ben Hecht

Systems in the U.S. that we always thought were going to produce more opportunities for the next generation than they did for the last no longer do so. Many believe that our ability to solve complex problems and make hard choices is broken.

Rachel Shteir vs. Chicago: Performance vs. Reality

Kelly Kleiman | Posted 06.30.2013 | Chicago
Kelly Kleiman

Conversation ended the minute the Rachel Shteir turned a review of books about Chicago into a pan of the city itself. Which is a shame, because Shteir's review was a gigantic missed opportunity to investigate the fact that "Chicago" is a performance.

Together but Separate: Our Cities of the Future

Melissa A. Simonetti | Posted 05.21.2013 | New York
Melissa A. Simonetti

As an architect, I've lived, worked and traveled to different cities around the country. But as these urban centers change and grow and as I stand witness to it all, I can only wonder: What are our visions for these future cities?

Oops! How the Government Did Its Part to Destroy Our Cities

Frank Gruber | Posted 04.02.2013 | Books
Frank Gruber

I don't necessarily expect that future historians will find purposeful reasons for the emptying out of our great cities. More likely, they will seek to identify social, economic or demographic reasons that resulted in the urban crisis.

A President for Cities

Brad Lander | Posted 11.07.2012 | Politics
Brad Lander

If you love cities, if you see them as the places where the promise of America, the ideal of citizenship highlighted by the president, can be fulfilled... you have one more reason to keep pushing for real change over the next four years.

PHOTOS: 7 Cities With The Worst Health Woes

| Posted 04.11.2012 | Books

By Daniel Lefferts for Bookish: Bad news for the City of Brotherly Love: According to a recent study, Philadelphia is in direly poor health—it’...

Has Driving Peaked in American Cities?

Infrastructurist | Posted 01.09.2012 | Travel

Road researchers have noticed that driving in major cities has reached an unexpected plateau, a phenomenon known as "peak car use."

Why Did America Destroy Its Great Cities?

Frank Gruber | Posted 10.02.2011 | Home
Frank Gruber

I don't suggest that there was a purposeful rationale, or even multiple rationales, to destroy the cities. The causes are more likely to have been social, cultural, economic and demographic.

American Cities With The Most Millionaires

24/7 Wall St. | Ashley C. Allen and Douglas A. McIntyre | Posted 09.13.2011 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St: Each year, Capgemini publishes the U.S. Metro Wealth Index, which ranks the number of high-net-worth individuals living within the ...

What Skyscrapers Tell Us ... About Us

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jonathan Merritt

Just as the height and placement of skyscrapers tells us about our global standing and self-image, the buildings they now hide and overshadow tell us about new religious realities.

American Cities That Are Running Out Of People

24/7 Wall Street | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The population of the United States has increased steadily by roughly 2.5 million people every year since World War II. Throughout prosperity and hard...

BLOGWATCH> The White House Hang's Catherine Opie's Photos, on ModernArtNotes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

The White House has installed Catherine Opie's Lake Michigan, Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer (2004-05). The four-photo work is on loan from the Museu...

Meta-Views: The Economic Crisis and America's "Art Ecology"

Randall Bourscheidt | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Randall Bourscheidt

We should push the federal government to lead a movement for a new urbanism, a systematic approach to building up the economies and physical and social infrastructures of American cities.

8 American Cities Get A+ For Sustainable H2O Management

TreeHugger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

American Rivers has highlighted eight communities' sustainable water management approaches that will make them more resilient to a changing climate....

America's Most Overpriced Cities: ABC News

ABC News | ZACK O'MALLEY GREENBURG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Bloated Housing Prices, Lofty Living Costs and High Unemployment Rates Make These Cities the Most Overpriced in the U.S....

Find The American City That Fits You

ABC News | SARAH NETTER | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Feeling sad? Bursting with energy? Enjoying the invigorating swagger of being a man's man? There's a city out there for you. A variety of research or...