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Cities & Urbanism

Shopping local won’t save small businesses from closing. Here’s what will.

Don’t blame the scooters. Blame the streets.

How Janette Sadik-Khan built New York City’s bicycle renaissance

Walkable urban areas can become playgrounds for the rich. Is there any way to prevent that?

Young families typically leave cities for the suburbs. Here’s how to keep them downtown.

Hundreds of people in Mexico are kidnapped every year. And the problem’s getting worse.

It’s part of a trend experts call the "democratization" of kidnapping.

Making cities more dense always sparks resistance. Here’s how to overcome it.

Dense urbanism is great for downtowns. But what about suburbs?

Electric buses are coming, and they’re going to help fix 4 big urban problems

Here’s the real nightmare scenario for self-driving cars

The future of housing policy is being decided in California

Why cities are full of uncomfortable benches

Amazon’s Seattle campus is using a data center next door as a furnace. It’s pretty neat.

4 ways cities can become climate heroes

The real reason streetcars are making a comeback

After decades of decline, the murder rate in large US cities rose over the past 2 years

Water is getting much, much more expensive in these 30 cities

How sanctuary cities actually work

The death rate gap between urban and rural America is getting wider

Louisville’s “Spaghetti Junction” is a testament to how cars degrade cities

2016 might have been the second bad year in a row for murder in America’s major cities

Cities are central to any serious plan to tackle climate change

Economists are underestimating the costs of letting small Rust Belt cities shrink

The 2016 election pitted booming cities against stagnant rural areas

In a devastating blow to the beverage industry, 4 cities passed soda taxes

Four cities vote on soda taxes tomorrow. Soda companies are terrified.

Why Google is giving up on its dream to bring super-fast broadband to everyone

Hey, Leonardo DiCaprio: true climate champions don’t fight against urban density

The real value of urban farming. (Hint: It's not always the food.)

Urban and rural households enjoyed similar income gains in 2015 (Corrected)

The problems that led to Milwaukee’s riots exist in way more US cities than Milwaukee

Some cities want to offer publicly owned internet access. A new ruling makes that harder.

How self-driving cars can make cities better

Before-and-after maps show how freeways transformed America's cities

Watch 6,000 years of people moving to cities

The Weeds: the economic recovery has been concentrated in big cities. That's a big problem.

Here are the cities where paychecks go the furthest

Seattle and Portland are showing how cities can grow without sprawl

Highways gutted American cities. So why did they build them?

Jane Jacobs believed cities should be fun — and changed urban planning forever