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.

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

London sewermen sing a rousing hymn to proper waste disposal.

Want a safe place to raise kids? Look to the cities

Cities might be enriching and green and beneficial for kids in all kinds of ways. But what most parents want to know is, are they safe? The answer is that there is nothing inherently dangerous about cities. On the contrary.

Seven New Year's resolutions to make your neighborhood a better place

This year, instead of resolving to improve yourself, make a decision to improve the place you live. It's easy. Here are some ways to start.

Beijing's booming car ownership creates traffic nightmare

The Chinese government has made it easy for people to buy and drive cars. Now, the nation's capital city is choking on them.

An experiment in encouraging in-transit conversation

An experiment in Brisbane, Australia, aims to start conversations on the city's buses.

Further adventures in the territories of hope

After the Macondo well exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, it was easy enough (on your choice of screen) to see a flaming oil platform, the very sea itself set afire with huge plumes of black smoke rising, and the …

Will we make the needed investment in the nation's cities?

The nation's metro areas could be centers of innovation, green jobs, and low-carbon technology. So why do we treat them like stepchildren?

Taming the mean streets: A talk with NYC transportation chief Janette Sadik-Khan

NYC DOT commish Janette Sadik-Khan has been giving primacy to people over cars for the first time since Robert Moses started building urban freeways.