Cities

These elderly fatality statistics may spoil your affection for big-box stores

Obviously, everyone loves a nice strip mall. The parking lot, the low-slung, cheap-looking buildings, the pedestrian walkways that no drivers pay attention to. And big-box stores! The lots! The long walks down busy parking lanes! The Brutalism-meets-Brady-Bunch aesthetic! What’s not …

Dress shirt uses spacesuit technology to keep you dry on your bike commute

You know how you don’t bike to work because you get hot and sweaty and gross? A group of MIT graduates has stolen that excuse. They copied technology from spacesuits and used it to make what BikeBlogNYC has rightly dubbed …

Farm rentals, dumpster dives: Europe crisis is mother of invention

Two small examples of how Europeans are responding to ongoing economic uncertainty. Inspiring? Depends on how you look at it.

Quite possibly the best bike-for-sale ad ever

A dude in San Luis Obispo is giving up on his hipster dreams, and therefore on his fixie. Result: one of the funnier bike-for-sale Craigslist ads we've seen.

Diesel exhaust causes cancer, WHO says

The unexpected-but-still-important finding puts diesel exhaust on par with second-hand smoke.

2,500-mph train could get you from New York to London in an hour

Nature abhors a vacuum, but transit nerds and people eager to see a science fiction future LOVE IT. That’s because a vacuum is the secret ingredient for this (theoretical, but plausible) superfast train, which could speed under the ocean to …

Bloomberg announces $9 million challenge to spur innovation in cities

The Bloomberg Philanthropies' Mayors Challenge will award $9 million in prizes to cities that demonstrate bold, innovative ideas. The best part: Anyone can enter.

Why the rumors about the iPhone ditching walking, public transit are wrong

We got our hands on a developer version of the new iPhone operating system. What we found may be even better than you would expect.

Water officials aim for sustainability — if the pipes don’t break first

A new report from Black & Veatch reveals the concerns of the water industry – infrastructure, energy costs – and the motivating role of regulation.