News

29 min ago
Hurricane Katrina may have devastated much of New Orleans, but in its wake, literally, unexpected good work was done. Clean sediment was deposited over lead-contaminated soil, one reason why lead levels in children decreased.
The Times Picayune
1 hour ago
The Republican and Democratic parties both claim to understand the importance of infrastructure, but they show support in vastly different ways.
the transport politic
2 hours ago
Urban bike infrastructure is plagued by three related problems: design, politics, and security.
Slate
3 hours ago
A city famous for tall palm trees wants to find some shade.
Los Angeles Times
4 hours ago
The eagerly anticipated selection of the future site of the Obama Presidential Library has leaked to the press. A formal announcement is expected soon.
Chicago Tribune
Feature
19 hours ago
A new statistical analysis of Airbnb listings shows the short-term-rental service is growing worldwide, but suggests that many hosts don't stick with it. Intermittent commercial uses of residences could be seen in the planning context of "mixed use."
Martin John Brown
20 hours ago
A long-read in The Nation pokes large holes in the narrative of the Olympics as a beacon of equality and unity. The effect in Brazil, according to the article, has been quite the opposite.
The Nation
21 hours ago
The de Blasio Administration set lofty goals for the creation and preservation of housing in New York. So how's that going?
Politico
22 hours ago
Car sharing networks that allow the vehicle to be returned to any location were found to have the impact of removing seven cars for each rented car in San Diego in a three-year study released July 19.
The San Diego Union-Tribune
23 hours ago
California is considering piping recycled potable water directly into people's homes.
Water Deeply
Yesterday
Akron Metro RTA recently announced the details of an overhaul of its bus system—the reorganization will affect every one of the system's 36 fixed bus routes.
Akron Beacon Journal
Yesterday
After Monday's celebrations at the new, electrified commuter rail line's only two stations, Union Station and Westminster Station, commuters now have the option of taking an 11-minute, six-mile ride to Denver, costing $2.60.
The Denver Post
Yesterday
Illinois, Cook County, and city of Chicago officials were disappointed in their first effort to attract FASTLANE funding authorized by the U.S Department Transportation
Chicago Tribune
Yesterday
New research in mice finds that the brain has two levels of memory connected to place—one for the task of creating mental maps, and another for recalling locations of emotional significance.
New Scientist
Yesterday
What was thought to be a temporary end to late night weekend service could become a permanent reality on the tracks of Metrorail.
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Yesterday
A new Google Maps redesign hopes to help make it easier to explore your surroundings. As with everything based on a mobile phone, the potential exists that it might also help ignore your surroundings.
Google Maps
Yesterday
With the rise of globalization, and urbanization, people are rethinking how cities should be structured in terms of transportation and mobility. Is it possible to reconfigure auto-centric cities into pedestrian-friendly spaces?
Doggerel
Yesterday
A recent spate of articles has pondered the concepts and planning strategies at work in the region of the country described as the Rust Belt.
Notes from the Underground
Blog post
Yesterday
Donald Trump invokes the darkest days of urban decay and crime to appeal to his base. The facts speak to an urban triumph that has led to greater national prosperity and higher standards of living for tens of millions of Americans.
Josh Stephens
Yesterday
After a tour of Los Angeles street furniture, Alissa Walker offers her reflections on cities' changing approach to public space.
Curbed
2 days ago
A UK blogger argues that transportation infrastructure planning is informed too heavily by the kinds of trips men tend to make.
Streetsblog USA