September 22, 2015, 9am PDT
Features like blank street facades literally turn us off, decreasing mental stimulation and bringing on restlessness and stress. Research points to worrying consequences for people who find their city, well, boring.
February 26, 2014, 5am PST
Even cities without an official program for revitalizing their downtowns can take steps to transform their urban cores into a collection of vibrant places. The urbanSCALE website has collected a list of such strategies.
July 25, 2012, 5am PDT
Whenever a term is overused, it's up for snark attack. Ben Brown seeks to inoculate himself and others against that tendency, by describing why community health is an admirable goal and how it's connected to economic development (and beer).
March 6, 2012, 1pm PST
Zipcar has released the results of their first Future Metropolis Index, which the company commissioned to recognize cities that demonstrate smart urban planning and policymaking, reports Ariel Schwartz.
September 28, 2011, 11am PDT
Chuck Wolfe asks if a city's vitality is best indicated at night, and how it should be measured.
May 27, 2011, 5am PDT
The city of Vancouver is beautiful, but according to this op-ed, it hasn't yet been able to create a truly vibrant city life.
August 30, 2009, 7am PDT
Towns with universities are doing better through the economic crisis than most, attracting jobs and preserving property values.
June 5, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>Fast Company highlights Chicago and London, their picks for U.S. and Global Cities of the Year, respectively. Whatever you think of the way such lists come together, these are interesting profiles of two vibrant municipalities.</p>