July 1, 2016, 10am PDT
A Toronto professor pushes against Christian Wolmar's assertion that the tram's demise can be connected to anti-worker policy. For one thing, trams never went away in some cities.
January 14, 2014, 7am PST
A new Senate bill aims to give drivers more control over the growing trove of data being collected by sensors and computers embedded in our cars. Most drivers are unaware of how much personal information is being recorded.
October 8, 2012, 5am PDT
At one time in the 1900s, a third of cars in major cities were powered by electric motors. Today, only about 1% of cars are fully electric. Why did we end up with gasoline-powered cars?
September 4, 2012, 8am PDT
Herb Caudill explains why the need to plan for a range of transportation modes and uses of space in urban environs is common sense - not part of a concerted assault on cars.
Greater Greater Washington
April 22, 2012, 11am PDT
Cities like Atlanta, that have grown up in the age of the automobile and air conditioning, are making efforts to green their environmentally unfriendly buildings and spaces, explains Emily Badger.
October 13, 2011, 7am PDT
Driving makes people fatter and less healthy, right? Fanis Grammenos warns planners and urban designers that the answer is not so simple, and misusing the statistics will weaken effective debate.
June 21, 2011, 9am PDT
For autonomous vehicles to roam the freeway, infrastructure and the law will need to accelerate and catch up with innovation, experts say.
September 25, 2010, 7am PDT
Asrai Ord explicates Rebecca Solnit's belief that "the car has become a prosthetic… for a conceptually impaired body or a body impaired by the creation of a world that is no longer human in scale."
June 5, 2010, 7am PDT
Ads for automobiles have depicted their vehicles swooping through dramatic natural landscapes, but as Catherine Lutz and Anne Lutz Fernandez note, car ads have moved into the city.
April 12, 2010, 5am PDT
Could this be the end? Two recent events signal a dramatic shift in American attitudes towards transportation and the proper role of transportation in making American cities, says Norman Garrick.
April 9, 2010, 11am PDT
13.6 million car registrations were filed in the last 15 months, and 14.8 million were disposed of in that same period.
March 18, 2010, 12pm PDT
When most people use their cars in urban settings, what sort of vehicle is optimal? MIT's Media Lab asks the question, in their quest to invent the next generation of personal mobility.
March 15, 2010, 5am PDT
"In the early days of his development, man realized that certain members of the animal kingdom could be made useful to him." So begins a rumination by architect Victor Gruen on the process
March 13, 2010, 1pm PST
The Infrastructurist examines a new infographic published by the World Health Organization (WHO) as part of their Global Status Report.
February 8, 2010, 7am PST
March 27, 2009, 1pm PDT
The question is whether the burrowing machines can outrace China’s growing love affair with the automobile.
October 7, 2008, 10am PDT
On an unexpected joyride in a souped-up BMW, a group of environmentalists ponder the past and future of cars.
August 11, 2008, 12pm PDT
Former Congressman Ernest Istook discusses why the automobile is the ultimate manifestation of freedom, mobility, and personal choice, and argues for a re-allocation of public spending away from mass transit and other alternatives.
June 11, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Banker Dave Ridson wants to build a racetrack on a site preservationists say is an historic Civil War site. But where the battle actually fought is a matter of debate.</p>
June 11, 2008, 10am PDT