'The car is a kind of shield that deflects empathy'

The new photo series "Lee Friedlander: America by Car" shows how our mode of transportation shapes our experience of the world.

In Illinois, rail passengers stand up for trains [VIDEO]

Trains. People love them. And these riders want the government to know it.

IBM’s OneCity urban fix-it game

IBM is hyping its new flash video game, OneCity, which is sort of a hybrid between SimCity and a well-produced commercial.

Digital entrepreneurs want to change the way New Yorkers hail a cab

What if the solutions to America's transportation problems weren't made out of concrete and steel, but out of zeros and ones? What if you could turn car services and taxis into an alternate public transportation system -- by creating an …

When I learned that water isn't supposed to have a taste

Turning on your faucet shouldn't be a high-risk venture. Cities and towns shouldn't have to worry that the water lost in leaky pipes will mean ongoing shortages or usage restrictions. But these concerns are already cropping up in communities throughout …

Chilean miners rescued, carnage continues on American roads

The world watched as 33 lives were saved. But in the two months since the miners were trapped, more than 6,500 people died in motor vehicle crashes in the United States. Why can't we pay attention to that?

Redesigning our cities for the dawning age of global freshwater scarcity

The next urban evolution cannot occur unless we reinvent urban water supply and management to meet the demands of the age of freshwater scarcity.

When the man in the street is your friend

Tom was always there outside the bodega, until he wasn't. And we realized what we had lost.

Why we need to change the way we spend on transportation

We've been doing transportation planning wrong for generations. And our economy is paying for it.