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

Mark Chesnut | Posted 11.04.2014 | 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 Ebola Vaccine, Traffic Congestion, and Global Warming

Dean Baker | Posted 10.27.2014 | Business
Dean Baker

There is a real cost of having determined selfishness as a fundamental political principle.

The Global Fight Against Traffic

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 10.28.2014 | 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.

Miami Should Exempt Parking Requirements for Small Buildings

Marianne Cusato | Posted 10.22.2014 | Miami
Marianne Cusato

Miami has a big decision to make about parking. What we decide will determine who we want to be when we grow up. Which sounds better to you -- a walkable city like Boston, Portland or San Francisco or an auto-dependent one like Atlanta, Phoenix or Las Vegas? It's your choice.

WATCH: Getting To Work: Improving Public Transportation For America's Workers, Employers And Economies

Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact

Watch Live at 12:00 - 1:30 pm EST. During this Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program event, panelists will discuss the specific transporta...

Report: Worldwide Investment in Transit Could Produce Massive Reduction in Carbon Pollution, Huge Financial Savings

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 09.30.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

More than $100 trillion in public and private spending could be saved between now and 2050 if the world were to expand public transportation, walking and bicycling in cities, according to a new report.

The Downside of Going Metro in Los Angeles

Justin Hernandez | Posted 11.11.2014 | Los Angeles
Justin Hernandez

Theoretically, public transportation should be a rapid and cost-effective solution for getting around town. It works in just about every city; however, Los Angeles is a unique metropolis in and of itself.

A Zero Emissions Manifesto for the Climate Justice Movement

Tom Weis | Posted 11.11.2014 | Green
Read More: Google, Congress, Ipcc Report, Department of Defense, Peru, Fracking, Austin, E.O. Wilson, Greenpeace, Fossil Fuel Divestment, Christiana Figueres, Ban Ki-Moon, Friends of the Earth, Scotland, Discrimination, National Renewable Energy Lab, Al Gore, Lester Brown, Bill Mckibben, San Francisco, Pentagon, Jeffrey Sachs, Copenhagen 2009, Microsoft, Russian Roulette, Nsa Spying, Schleswig-Holstein, Zero Waste, Carbon Neutral, Prince Charles, Jimmy Carter, National Security Agency, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, World War II, Co2 Emissions, Seismic Testing, Costa Rica, President Obama, Tokelau, Penn State University, South Dakota, Iceland, Solar Energy, Communities of Color, Fossil Fuels, Poland, Slavery, Munich, Wave Power, Justice, Sweden, Nsa, Civil War, Ipcc, Plan B, Denmark, New York City, Energy Efficiency, Segregation, Keystone XL Pipeline, Jfk, Mass Extinction, Iowa, Coal Plants, Co2, White House, Children, Epa, Michael Mann, Conservation, House Republicans, Civil Rights, Mountaintop Removal, Germany, National Security, Asthma, Generation Change, Forests, Copenhagen, People's Climate March, Moon Landing, Climate, Electric Vehicles, Keystone Pipeline, Industrial Hemp, Barack Obama, Deutsche Bank, Cia, Climate Justice, Deepwater Drilling, Green Industrial Revolution, James Hansen, China, Organic Farming, Mass Transit, Un Climate Summit, United Nations, Renewable Energy, Phillipines, US Energy, Desmond Tutu, Paris, Tar Sands, House Democrats, Kyoto Protocol, China Greenhouse Gases, Stanford University, Boulder Colorado, Zero Emissions, Arctic Drilling, Civil Rights Movement, Carbon Dioxide, Maldives, Wind Energy, Climate Chaos, Bill Gates, Kofi Annan, Keystone XL, British Labour Party, Jim Crow, Wall Street, Angel Gurria, Bicycles, Tidal Power, Geothermal Energy, American Wind Energy Association, Green News
Tom Weis

Top military experts and government institutions like the U.S. Department of Defense and National Intelligence Council warn that climate destabilization threatens our national security, yet global emissions just keep going up.

How Transit, Walkability Help Make Cities More Affordable

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 10.25.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Highly enlightening new data from the New York City-based Citizens Budget Commission demonstrate the immense importance of walkability and transit in shaping how affordable large US cities are for a range of household types.

Koreatown: El Basurero

Joel Epstein | Posted 09.21.2014 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

I know the city's broke and all and that our new Mayor is doing what he can to fix things. So here's something that shouldn't be that hard to fix. Pick up the trash.

Let NJ Transit's Trains Use PATH Tunnels to NYC

Mark W. Schleisner | Posted 07.14.2014 | New York
Mark W. Schleisner

Ever since NJ Governor Christie cancelled funding for the Trans-Hudson ARC railroad tunnel to NY Penn Station, mass transit pundits seem to be at a lo...

Sec. Foxx's New Transportation Proposal Is Great

Laura Barrett | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Laura Barrett

Looks like the Obama administration hasn't given up yet on tackling the big issues that plague our country.

PATH Should Be Run By New Jersey Transit

Carol Kellermann | Posted 07.05.2014 | New York
Carol Kellermann

While PATH was never expected to be self-sufficient, its operating deficits have grown and are now a far greater burden on Port Authority finances than was anticipated when the Authority acquired PATH as part of a bi-state deal in 1961.

Almost Everything in NYC Depends On Mass Transit

Cody Lyon | Posted 06.03.2014 | New York
Cody Lyon

There's no doubt that New Yorkers have a love hate relationship with the subway -- as they often do with the city itself and I count myself among them.

Congress: This Year, Protect Our Mass Transit

William Lynch III | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
William Lynch III

The economic development from mass transit is also tremendous. For one, public transit workers in America are typically represented by a labor union. This means workers have an advocate who will ensure they have decent wages, benefits and safe working conditions.

How an Alliance Can Fight Climate Change, Make Housing Affordable, Create Good Jobs and Fund Social Needs for All New Yorkers

Nathan Newman | Posted 04.26.2014 | New York
Nathan Newman

New York City needs even more ambitious and far-ranging changes in direction to reverse the yawning gap between the elite and struggling working families in the rest of the City.

The 5 Moms You're Bound to Meet on the NYC Subway

Mommy Nearest | Posted 04.12.2014 | New York
Mommy Nearest

2. The Guilt Tripper: She may not have the physical strength of The Hulk Mom, but she makes up for it with her emotional cunning, always waiting at the edge of the stairs.

Enchantment in New Orleans; Love for NYC

Cody Lyon | Posted 04.05.2014 | New York
Cody Lyon

Oysters on the half shell at Felix's were plump, sweet and salty. Felix's, a Restaurant and Oyster Bar,on Iberia St. in New Orleans was packed on a recent Saturday night, and the shuckers were busy, the line to get in stretched down a French Quarter half block.

What This Green Super Bowl Signifies

Allen Hershkowitz | Posted 04.02.2014 | Green
Allen Hershkowitz

In his most recent State of the Union Address President Obama declared that "climate change is a fact." While inside the Beltway that declaration migh...

4 Organizing Trends You'll See in 2014

Laura Barrett | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Laura Barrett

Community organizing is changing. It's more social media driven and younger. Immigration advocacy alone has brought a new sector of young leaders int...

Just TAP and Spin Through the Unlocked Expo Line Turnstile

Joel Epstein | Posted 03.25.2014 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Given our history, it's terrific to see a County Supervisor and others promoting, rather than deriding, transit ridership in LA. Still, I'd rather see expedited transit construction than read incredulous creative writing about how Metro is meeting artificially low ridership projections.

24 Ways to Have the Best 24 Hours Ever in Los Angeles

David Landsel | Posted 11.26.2013 | Travel
David Landsel

With just 24 hours and a sense of adventure, you can have one of the best days ever, not only in Los Angeles, but anywhere.

MAJOR Setback Could Delay Bullet Train For Years

AP | JULIET WILLIAMS | Posted 11.25.2013 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Sacramento judge on Monday tore up California's funding plans for its bullet train project in separate orders that could...

If Your City Could Talk, What Would It Say?

Zia Yusuf | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Zia Yusuf

Cities are epicenters of creativity, innovation, adventures, energy, and life. They're moving, breathing, and living. Cities have a heart, personality, and looks. But a city lacks one thing: a voice. Thanks to the Internet of Things, this is quickly changing.

Curitiba's Jaime Lerner

Roberta Brandes Gratz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Roberta Brandes Gratz

"Over my dead body" is how renowned former Curitiba mayor Jaime Lerner responds to a question about the proposed subway for this Brazilian city, internationally famous for inventing the Bus Rapid Transit system under his leadership in the 1970s.