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March 27, 2019, 1pm PDT
The Globe and Mail editorial board points out the obvious hypocrisies of the global response to an aviation tragedy relative to the ongoing tragedies that occur every day as a result of the world's reliance on automobiles.
Globe and Mail
Blog post
January 22, 2019, 10am PST
The Federal Highway Administration's National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) shows that transit use is rising and household vehicle miles traveled are declining—but other data sources paint a more ambiguous picture.
Michael Lewyn
November 20, 2018, 11am PST
Transit writer Alon Levy argues it will take more than system improvements to integrate public transit into L.A.'s urban fabric.
Pedestrian Observations
November 20, 2018, 8am PST
The ban on diesel cars now extends well beyond the city of Paris.
CityLab
June 24, 2018, 7am PDT
Mayor Anne Hidalgo's efforts to improve air quality by reducing car trips in the city of Paris are paying off.
road.cc
December 28, 2017, 6am PST
The auto industry has decided that SUVs are the right product to market to the largest generation in U.S. history.
Detroit Free Press
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.
The Guardian
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.
The New York Times
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?
The New York Times
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.
The Atlantic Cities
Feature
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.
Fanis Grammenos
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.
The Infrastructurist
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."
The Planning Pool
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.
The Huffington Post
Feature
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.
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.
BNET
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.
Metropolis Magazine
Feature
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

Victor Gruen
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.
The Infrastructurist