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A Ride on the New Panama Metro, Central America's First Subway

Mark Chesnut | Posted 01.03.2015 | Travel
Mark Chesnut

Panama's capital is truly in growth mode. Consider this: Panama City is home to the tallest buildings in Central America, the first Waldorf Astoria and Trump hotels in Latin America, and the first Frank Gehry-designed museum (the BioMuseo) in Latin America.

The Global Fight Against Traffic

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 12.27.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

British foreign secretary Arthur Balfour allegedly claimed in the early 20th century that "the motor-car will help solve the congestion of traffic." Today's city planners must not know whether to laugh or cry at this woefully misguided prediction.

Jaime Lerner's Pinpricks of Change

Jared Green | Posted 12.24.2014 | Green
Jared Green

Jaime Lerner, one of the most influential urban leaders of our time, has written down all of his hard-earned wisdom about the city in one slim yet rich volume, Urban Acupuncture: Celebrating Pinpricks of Change that Enrich City Life.

Sustainable Housing, Politics and a Basic Pride of Place

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 12.23.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

We carry with us the ability to mine pride from place, even in places that are, perhaps, least expected to shine.

'Architecture Is An Expression Of Values'

The European | Max Tholl | Posted 11.20.2014 | World

Sir Norman Foster is the mastermind behind some of the world’s most iconic buildings. With Max Tholl, he discussed how architecture helps us com...

Aging Metropolitan Areas Ranked

Wendell Cox | Posted 12.19.2014 | HuffPost Home
Wendell Cox

The common thread among movers is aspiration --- seeking better lives. People move to places they can afford and where they can hope for a higher standard of living.

Hajj 2015: Year of Development

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Mehrunisa Qayyum

In scrolling through these pictures, opportunities for development mean avoiding logistical nightmares and health epidemics.

Rethinking Cities as Sharing Platforms

April Rinne | Posted 12.12.2014 | Business
April Rinne

I work in the 'sharing economy' from a unique vantage point: at the nexus of private, public and social sectors, advising governments, companies, impa...

Why the 'Finesse of the Avenue' Is What Cities Need

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 12.07.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

While Cassis is known as a fishing village turned touristic haven (and a departure point for dramatic rock faces above the Mediterranean and remarkable inlets along coast, a short distance from Marseille), this essay is hardly a travelogue.

The UN wants sustainable urban development, but what does that look like?

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 12.03.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

From the shortlist of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) the United Nations is considering, one goal calls for "inclusive, safe, resilient and susta...

Miami Beach Prepares For Annual 'King Tide'

Reuters | Zachary Fagenson and David Adams | Posted 12.03.2014 | Green

MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Oct. 3 (Reuters) - Construction crews are wading into chest high pools of muck in a race against time to install pumps Miami Beac...

An Architect of Change

John Feffer | Posted 12.01.2014 | World
John Feffer

Nicolae Ceausescu was not exactly a team player. His most ambitious infrastructure plan was for the Romanian capital itself. In the 1980s, he implemented a huge "urban renewal" project that destroyed a large chunk of the historic center of Bucharest.

The Look and Feel of 'Inevitably Urban'

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 11.29.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

I have compiled 25 photographs for this essay -- taken in multiple locations since 2009, including cities on four continents. The photographs are presented in black and white, to better show the contrast between the human and built environment, yet also emphasize the undeniably symmetry between.

WATCH: How Can We Make Our Cities Better?

Posted 10.01.2014 | Impact

Hosted by The Atlantic in partnership with The Aspen Institute and Bloomberg Philanthropies, CityLab is one of The Aspen Institute's most innovative p...

Housing: More Than a Place to Live

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Building affordable housing is only the first step towards inclusive cities. As housing should be seen as an urban strategy to improve the overall quality of life for all citizens, affordable housing must be inclusive by design.

How to Decode the Place Between Places

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 11.23.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

The ebb and flow of nature, economic base and the passage of time are always ripe for observation. Below, take note of one walk's illustration of two towns, their edges and the spaces between.

It's Time to Put the Brakes on Building Big Highways

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

American transportation money should be spent on fixing the roads we have, as well as investing in non-driving transportation modes that are increasingly attractive to the public, especially the massive millennial generation, which will be the chief user of today's transportation investments.

Breathing New Life Into America's Front Yard

Caroline Cunningham | Posted 11.18.2014 | DC
Caroline Cunningham

Ask anyone where Constitution Gardens is, and they're as likely to say it's in Philadelphia as in Washington, D.C.

For Audi, Re-Engineering Cities is a Matter of Survival

Craig Fitzgerald | Posted 11.17.2014 | Technology
Craig Fitzgerald

The California Department of Motor Vehicles recently issued Audi the first permit to begin testing autonomous vehicles on public roads. But it's just a piece of Audi's mission to begin re-engineering cities around the globe, with cars as just a part of the transportation equation.

The Option of Sensing the City

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 11.11.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

Sensing the city is a personal experience owned by each of us. From a legal perspective, it is an urban property right that transcends public and private domains. It is a form of place-decoding that deserves more illustration and attention.

The Global Politics of Cities

Lyric Hughes Hale | Posted 11.10.2014 | World
Lyric Hughes Hale

As the rush to urbanization intensifies in non-democracies such as Iran, China, and Pakistan, is it not inevitable that their cities, with populations truly dwarfing the few hundred thousand inhabitants of ancient Athens, carry within the seeds of political change?

Green Groups to New York City: Drop Dead

Marielle Anzelone | Posted 11.10.2014 | Green
Marielle Anzelone

Why does urban biodiversity matter at all? Because according to the UN, for the first time in human history more people are now living in cities than rural areas. The planet is urban. When people experience nature, that nature will be urban too.

Brooklyn and the Nation's Oldest Bike Path

Cody Lyon | Posted 11.10.2014 | New York
Cody Lyon

From Gowanus, once I'd made my way up the hill of Park slope, into the park, and pedaled around half the loop, I found the Parkway and its bike path on the eastern side.

Asbury Park's Pedestrian Island: Any Chance of Getting Shipwrecked?

Eric McAfee | Posted 11.08.2014 | New York
Eric McAfee

At long last, a significant number of older urban centers in the country seem to be recognizing that it's a good idea to build infrastructure that accommodates pedestrians. The trajectory clearly manifests improvement with each passing year.

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.