Cities

On the rails again

We need trains to 'win the future' — so get over that deficit hysteria

High-speed rail does not materialize with the snap of a finger or the uttering of inspiring words in a State of the Union speech. It costs public money.

Infrastructural change

Building lots of infrastructure sounds great. Paying for it won't be easy

Obama isn't backing down from his push to make high-speed rail part of his legacy. But with transportation infrastructure, funding remains an issue.

Salmon-chanted evening

Obama calls for clean energy and high-speed rail in State of the Union

In his State of the Union, Obama called for 80% of electricity to come from clean sources by 2035, and 80% of Americans to have access to high-speed rail within 25 years.

This is your brain on auto pilot

If you're so happy in your car, why are you so mad at the people walking?

Next time you're driving, remember that pedestrians aren't trying to annoy you. They're trying to get across the street without getting killed -- and a lot of the time, the street isn't designed for them.

I hear the train a-comin'

Making iPad music from the New York City subway map

Musician and programmer Alexander Chen wants to turn the New York subway system into a user-driven iPad musical instrument.

driven crazy

New report quantifies just how much a car commute crushes your soul

The Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University has released its annual Urban Mobility Report, which includes data on how much time, money, and mental health urban-area car commuters lose to congestion every year. Spoiler …

Thinking big

China's biggest cities grow its greenest citizens

People in large Chinese cities are more environmentally aware -- and more likely to act on that awareness -- than those in smaller cities.

parking up the wrong tree

Six reasons free parking is the dumbest thing you didn't know you were subsidizing

The U.S. has as many as eight parking spaces per car. That's more than a billion parking spaces, or one for every person in China, should they need them once they're done buying all our …

Prep rally

Time to ruggedize: We should talk more about preparing for climate change

It used to be conventional wisdom among greenies that it's best not to talk much about adapting to climate change. But adaptation may be the most approach to climate change.