Cities

Ain't no mountain high enough

Does it matter if the developed world has hit 'peak travel'?

A recent study found that travel has stagnated in eight developed countries, including the U.S. But what about the rest of the world?

Fighting words

The 'War on Cars': A brief history of a rhetorical device

Back in October, I started noticing the accusation that Seattle is waging a "war on cars" was popping up an awful lot in the local press, and in suspicious ways. Where did this inflammatory language …

Shoveling shift

In St. Paul, one citizen's mission to keep sidewalks clear of snow

A resident of St. Paul, Minn., was disturbed by the condition of the city's sidewalks during the snowy season. She finally got mad enough to act.

Building character

Measuring the historical diversity of a neighborhood

Can the historical "character" of a neighborhood be measured somehow, the way that tools like Walk Score measure walkability?

Build yourself a city to click in

CityVille overtakes FarmVille as Facebook's top app

Millions of Americans are hooked on Zynga's new city-building game. Are there any real urban-planning principles at work?

Roads to ruin

Do roads pay for themselves? Well, no

A new report from the U.S. Public Interest Reseach Group debunks the myth of the self-financed highway system. Will Congress be convinced by the facts?

How we roll

The year ahead in bikes

Elly Blue looks into her crystal ball and sees more bike lanes, more bike-sharing, more e-bikes -- and the best year ever for two-wheelers in the U.S.

Thinking ahead

IBM heads to Rio with its Smarter Cities program

IBM has partnered with Rio de Janeiro to create an operations center that will give the Brazilian city's emergency-management team access to a vast array of data.

Fun with infrastructure!

Singing London sewermen say, Don't flush the fat! [VIDEO]

London sewermen sing a rousing hymn to proper waste disposal.