Cities

Politics

Potholes on the road to highway funding might put us on a better course

Congress is deadlocked on extending the Highway Trust Fund. Maybe it's time to rethink the whole idea.

Cities

Your bus never comes because the world is a crazy place

The reason that your commute is such a nonstop wonder-rollercoaster has to do with chaos theory. Go figure!

Pave it forward

Is there any earth-friendly way to pave a footpath?

A reader's city is replacing its network of pedestrian walks. Concrete? Asphalt? Rubber? Umbra covers the ground.

Living

The good news about the earthquake that will destroy the Northwest

Seattle is a century overdue for a disastrous earthquake. But there's a silver lining!

Living

On “True Detective,” public transit riders have it even worse than usual

Nothing adds insult to bus-riding injury like being run over by an SUV.

Cities

Gloomy alleyways are getting a much-needed makeover

Seattle activists are turning dingy alleys into cool hangouts.

Climate & Energy

Sea levels will rise by at least 20 feet — and that’s the positive scenario

Even if the world manages to limit global warming to 2 degrees C, sea levels may still radically reshape the world’s coastline.

Living

This video game will make you care about crumbling urban infrastructure

What could be scarier than playing a structural engineer facing down collapsing bridges and backed-up sewers?

Cities

Rick Perry stole my urbanist talking points. Too bad he doesn’t actually understand them

The presidential candidate made some surprising comments about city zoning codes recently, but he's totally missing the big picture.