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A Simple Portrait of an Urban Place

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 02.08.2012 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

From time to time, a single image captures the look and feel of city life, and successfully depicts an urban place where people come together. La...

I'm A Detroiter Too: A Response

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 01.22.2012 | Detroit
Rabbi Jason Miller

There is certainly a revival in the Motor City and we should all be excited about the possibilities. But I want to caution Toby Barlow and anyone who believes that to be part of the renaissance one has to relocate to Downtown Detroit.

A Will for Transit in Metro Detroit

Geoff Young | Posted 01.16.2012 | Detroit
Geoff Young

For a decade or more, the Detroit region has talked about building a regional transit system. As it stands today, nothing has been built. So what is the remedy to Detroit's struggles to move forward on regional transit?

Yes, Mayor Bloomberg, Occupy Has Got to Go

Harris Silver | Posted 01.15.2012 | New York
Harris Silver

One obvious lesson that we can learn from Occupy Wall Street is the need for public restrooms in urban environments.

Has Driving Peaked in American Cities?

Infrastructurist | Posted 01.09.2012 | Travel
Infrastructurist

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

Lynne Peeples

Swapping Tail Pipes For Pedals: Small Changes Could Pay Huge Dividends For Public Health And Economy

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 01.02.2012 | Green

Like a growing number of Americans, Jonathan Patz rides his bike to work. He even drags a wheeled blue bin behind his bike for trips to the grocery st...

Oliver Stone's New Favorite Megalomaniac

ARTINFO | Posted 12.31.2011 | Arts
ARTINFO

Every robber baron is probably green with envy for the late Robert Moses, a powerful and polarizing force who shaped New York as we now know it, becau...

Women and Bicycling Means Sustainable Business

Andrea Learned | Posted 01.01.2012 | Green
Andrea Learned

Biking represents a simple activity and lifestyle change that could affect so many of the big, societal issues we face today, as well as some that are not given the priority they should, such as community-building and connection with nature.

City Shaping IV: Can Target Right What Minneapolis Is About to Ruin?

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 12.24.2011 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

Excitement has turned to disappointment in Minneapolis, and what's happening there should be a warning about safeguarding transparency in public process and civic debate.

From Green Building to Green Cities

Rob Bennett | Posted 12.17.2011 | Green
Rob Bennett

The world's greatest greening opportunity many not be saving trees, but rather making our cities self-reliant so they are less dependent on the natural order for resources.

This Just In: People Who Make Over $75K Love This City

Posted 12.14.2011 | New York

Sure, the economy's in the dumps, rent's rising everywhere, police need to stop planting drugs on innocent people, the Yankees are out of the playoffs...

For Colleges, Location Matters

Jeff Selingo | Posted 12.12.2011 | College
Jeff Selingo

I'm not sure when a club of some 60 elite universities got the authority to set the research agenda for the country or for individual universities.

A Summer of Bicycle-Focused Transportation Policy for Chicagoans

Renee Patten | Posted 12.10.2011 | Chicago
Renee Patten

Chicago is an ideal city for riding a bicycle. It's flat, people are generally respectful of other users of the road, and there are alternative options for commuting if you get stuck in the rain.

Lynne Peeples

SXSW Eco: Sustainability And The Carbon Zero City, By The Numbers

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 12.06.2011 | Green

AUSTIN, Tex. -- Replacing fossil fuels with clean energy alternatives such as wind and solar is an important aim. But if the end goal is sustainabilit...

A Skeptic Queries "The Artist as Urbanist"

Eric J. Henderson | Posted 12.05.2011 | Arts
Eric J. Henderson

Alexis Laurent is a contemporary sculptor. His work invites (and counts on) viewers to be part of it to make it whole.

D.C. vs. the Green Apple: In Efficiency, We're Closer Than You Think

Brian F. Keane | Posted 11.29.2011 | DC
Brian F. Keane

New York City has it all: high-efficiency windows, hybrid taxis, low-flow appliances, underwater turbines and more. But let's face it: it's easy for cities to be efficient. What about the suburbs?

What the Loss of the Pinball Museum Says About D.C.

Eli Lehrer | Posted 11.29.2011 | DC
Eli Lehrer

A pinball museum -- one of only two in the world to my knowledge -- is the sort of quirky, interesting, attraction that gives a city real vitality.

New Times Square Design Aims To Separate Locals And Tourists

Posted 11.28.2011 | Arts

New York City's Times Square has lived through its fair share of incarnations, from the entertainment hub of the 1910s to the seedy den of vice in the...

A Call for Urban Doctors

Gordon Gill | Posted 11.28.2011 | Green
Gordon Gill

By looking at our assets holistically, we can create a fully integrated, intelligent approach to the greening of cities, one that combines carbon savings with an increased quality of life.

Beyond the Hype of Jay-Z's Brooklyn Nets Announcement

Norman Oder | Posted 11.27.2011 | New York
Norman Oder

The media turned out in droves Monday for a heavily-managed press conference with Jay-Z in Brooklyn across from the under-construction Barclays Center arena. There wasn't much news.

'Helvetica' Director Takes On Cities In New Documentary

Posted 11.21.2011 | Arts

Gary Hustwit, the design-oriented documentary filmaker whose previous work includes 'Helvetica' and 'Objectified,' has released the trailer for his th...

Experiencing the Sonata of Urban Density (VIDEO)

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 11.20.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Take a creative break from today's active discussions about the benefits of urban density with a sonata that examines compact development examples from across the world.

City Shaping III: The Philadelphia Story

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 11.13.2011 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

For more than three centuries, city planning, landscape architecture and a unique civic ambition that emphasizes horticulture as much as the pedestrian experience in its public spaces and streetscapes, have made Philadelphia a fascinating city.

PHOTOS: Rio De Janeiro's High-Flying Transit Line Debuts

Posted 11.01.2011 | World

The latest, most innovative form of public transit in Rio de Janeiro has made its high-flying 2011 debut. As Wired is reporting, a six-station gon...

Hey GQ I Guess Stereotypes Die Hard, Wicked Hard

Greg Selkoe | Posted 10.26.2011 | Style
Greg Selkoe

An Open Letter to GQ Dear GQ, Thank you for awarding Boston the distinction of worst dressed US city as part of your comedy issue this month. We her...