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Investing in metro areas is the key to sustainable growth

If our country stops fetishizing real estate and consumption, and gets back to incubating and executing innovation -- something that happens best in metro areas -- the future could look a lot brighter.

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Airbag bike ‘helmet’ lets you ride safely, lose the helmet hair

A pair of Swedish designers have been banging their heads against the wall to come to the aid of discriminating cyclists who want to avoid mussing their manes without cracking their heads. They've finally hit their target.

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New Jersey's Gov. Christie kills ARC Tunnel project dead

After two weeks of "reconsideration," Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) has once again killed the nation's largest public transit project, a rail tunnel under the Hudson River that was pegged to cost $8.7 billion and create thousands of jobs. This time, …

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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 what exactly "livable communities" are …

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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 doesn't always serve their needs.