Cities

Moving transportation forward

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood talks about livable communities

Secretary of the Department of Transportation Ray LaHood would like to build the infrastructure that would let you leave your car at home. We had a chance to talk with him the other day about …

Talking 'bout a Rail~Volution

A report from the front lines of the "transit space race" [VIDEO]

These are heady times for sustainable transportation advocates, as you can see in this video report from the recent Rail~Volution conference.

Congratulations, losers

The Biggest Loser (of energy waste): UNC dormitory

A UNC dorm tops a Biggest-Loser-style contest between 14 buildings to see which could cut the most energy waste. Hooray!

All carrot, no stick? No problem

The Senate livability bill has no teeth. That’s okay

The administration wants to curb sprawl and promote walkable neighborhoods through incentives, not mandates. Relax, critics -- the market's going to help on this one.

Dense Matter

Will Los Angeles ever be something besides a "suburban metropolis"?

In the Los Angeles Times, architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne writes about the widening gap between those who favor a denser, more pedestrian-friendly LA and those who would prefer to remain in their cars.

How we roll

In New York's bike lanes, who are the real scofflaws?

There's a tendency to talk about people who ride bikes as though they're a lawless bunch of yahoos. A new study shows that they are simply, like all other people, responding to an environment that …

Greening the ways we get around

Why attitudes can be as important as infrastructure

The new police chief of the Iranian city of Esfahan has decreed it a crime for women to ride a bike or roller-skate in public.

"Gonna ride my bike until I get home"

Friday music blogging: Mark Ronson & the Business Intl

Mark Ronson is the hipster's hipster. He was born of wealthy London socialites, came to renown DJing at downtown New York City hot spots, became a successful producer (he's responsible for Amy Winehouse's debut), released …

I'm voting for Dukakis

Does new public transit increase gentrification and lower ridership?

Smart Planet points us to a report from the Dukakis Center at Northeastern University that concludes that new transit can lead to gentrification.