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Private, crowdsourced mobile phone applications addressing urban mobility collect troves of data on how cities flow. So how can municipalities tap into these databases to accurately understand the movement of their citizens? Exclusive
2 days ago  By Maayan Dembo
Top livable cities may be be good for families or corporations, but they don't often fuel or enable creativity the way their listers think they do, according to this piece.
May 28, 2011   Future of Business
British cities report 9% fewer car trips per person and a 5% decline in distance traveled by car. That's because fewer young people are deciding to learn how to drive, says Prof. Phil Goodwin of the University of West of England.
May 27, 2011   TheCityFix.com
Crows are seemingly everywhere, including cities. A new book looks at the relationship between people and crows in urban areas and what it says about modern cities.
May 27, 2011   THE DIRT
Density reduces costs and helps make places more sustainable, according to this post in a series on "great places".
May 26, 2011   Grist
As part of a series of articles on the future of transportation in the U.S., the Wall St. Journal says the time may finally have arrived for the retro-futurism of the monorail.
May 23, 2011   The Wall St. Journal
A look at the pedestrian scramble in the Shibuya District of Tokyo, Japan.
May 23, 2011   LA Times
In this series from <em>Glass House Conversations</em>, journalist Greg Lindsay asks what the successful cities of the future will look like, and whether or not they should be built from scratch.
May 22, 2011   Glass House Conversations
This interactive map from the <em>BBC</em> tracks growth and urbanization in global cities from 1955 up through 2015.
May 19, 2011   BBC
With Bin Laden's Abbotabad hideaway still in the news, Rob Bear takes us on a tour of despot's palaces and hideaways.
May 17, 2011   Curbed LA
Policy in Hong Kong dictates that development must concentrate on only 25% of the land area, with the remaining 75% preserved as open space. Julia Levitt examines the ingenious density that results.
May 17, 2011   Metropolis Magazine