Cities

Wrong way

Confessions of a recovering engineer

Taking highway standards and applying them to urban and suburban streets costs us thousands of lives every year.

hop, skip, and a click

Find out where your city is most walkable with Walk Score's new heat maps

Walk Score rolled out new heat maps for the 2,500 largest American cities, providing a quick way to get a sense of where cities are most walkable.

Slightly better than Moscow woo!

Moscow's transportation policy makes even Republican plans look okay

Newly elected Republican leaders may be blocking passenger-rail plans in Wisconsin, Ohio and New Jersey and wishing it were the 1950s in Congressional transportation planning, but at least we're doing better than Moscow.

How we roll

Bicycle safety by the numbers

A new study of injury rates among Portland bike commuters suggests we could do more to make bicycling safe, starting with simple infrastructure fixes.

Old school gets schooled

Older urban preservationists risk becoming urban fossils

For young urban advocates in Washington, D.C., change is good. Their elders, traumatized by the 20th century, have trouble looking forward.

PAIN IN THE LEASE

6 ways to solve the ‘renter’s dilemma’ for home energy

If renters aren't staying and landlords aren't paying utility bills, who pays for home-energy improvements?

Walking the walk

Can a neighborhood be too walkable?

Walk Score is an increasingly popular tool for measuring the livability of a neighborhood. But maybe more people would warm to the idea of density if it weren't quite so -- dense.

the housing bubble's losing some weight

U.S. homes are right-sizing and greening

Are McMansions going the way of the Hummer? Not entirely, Kaid Benfield suspects, but he does think demand for them is dropping.

'Get out of the way, the bus of the future is here'

High-speed rail too expensive? Let’s go with bullet-speed buses [VIDEO]

President Obama's proposed high-speed train system will be replaced with a fleet of buses that will rocket along highways at speeds up to 165 mph (according to The Onion).