Cities

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.

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.

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 a few acclaimed solo albums, …

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.

New Apple store in Chicago means shiny new train station, but who will fix the rest of the system?

Apple paid $4 million to renovate a dilapidated transit station near its new Chicago store. Great. But what if you don't live near an Apple store?

A very impressive two weeks for the federal sustainability partnership

The Partnership for Sustainable Communities has announced an impressive amount of federal assistance to sustainability projects across the country.

How cities are good for science, and vice versa

The world's booming cities are a hotbed for scientific research. They also have big problems that only science can solve.

William Lind makes a conservative case for public transit (just not buses)

William Lind thinks Republican politicians should be supporting public rail transit because it makes sense for their affluent (and mostly white) constituency. He also says white conservatives are "not going to be comfortable" on city buses where they are "surrounded …

We’re tearing this highway down, Transportation Sec. Ray LaHood says

It's one thing to talk about designing for people instead of cars, and another thing make good on that pledge by tearing tear down elevated highways.