Cities

un-mall-ing America

Designer Bruce Mau on the suburbs, the mall, and the automobile [AUDIO]

Jeanne Park of PBS's Need to Know speaks with Mau about his love of the suburbs, cup holders, and the challenge of rebranding climate change.

Mosquito smackdown

Teen-repellent device removed in Washington, but teens still not welcome in many public places

Whether you do it with a Mosquito or with old-fashioned security guards, the routine dispersal of teenagers does raise issues about the nature of public space -- the vital essence of a dynamic and productive city.

THE GREENEST-CITY CAGE MATCH

Seattle and Portland leaders don’t want to be ‘global’ mayors

Hopes were high for a "who's greener?" argument between Seattle Mayor McGinn and Portland Mayor Adams at a recent talk. Alas, the mayors played nice.

hugs, not smugs

Will bike for hugs [VIDEO]

Does the sight of swarms of cyclists in your city leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy too?

No vacancy

In the empty lots of Flatbush, students see possibility [VIDEO]

Middle school kids from Brooklyn turn a spotlight on their neighborhood's vacant lots.

Carless in Hollywood

'Mad Men' actor chooses transit over driving in autocentric Los Angeles

Mad Men's Vincent Kartheiser is a successful actor in Los Angeles who doesn't own a car. He doesn't drive because he wants to interact with others.

Building nothing out of something

Striking images of disconnected streets and unwanted sprawl

Here's images of Florida sprawl, much of the development unfinished for lack of buyers, and all of it within a convenient walk of, well, nothing.

The Superfund site in my backyard

Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal may be a toxic mess, but a lot of people love it

In spite of all the toxic crap that permeates it -- or more likely because of that toxic crap -- the Gowanus has become a focal point for artists, scientists, and urban planners who see it as a grand opportunity.

crosstown ladies sing this song, do-da, do-da

New Mexico bus opera to give moving performances

The Crosstown #5 bus opera set to debut in Santa Fe will almost certainly be a ride you won't want to miss. Just sit back and let the music move you.