August 19, 2019, 6am PDT
Cities need to increase density, but the design of buildings can drastically affect people’s quality of life. Architects are using new tactics and tools to create innovative structures where light, air, and space are not compromised.
July 3, 2019, 9am PDT
Why is it that smallish cities in western Europe always score so well? Perhaps the underlying assumptions behind ostensibly data-driven "livability" rankings cater to a certain audience and leave most of us out.
March 9, 2017, 1pm PST
This "livable cities" ranking considers transit, walkability, and bikeability.
July 26, 2016, 10am PDT
After a tour of Los Angeles street furniture, Alissa Walker offers her reflections on cities' changing approach to public space.
November 8, 2012, 12pm PST
From beach towns to UNESCO World Heritage Sites to sleek, modern capitals, Africa is home to a complex diversity of urban environments. Yolaan Begbie explores the 10 most livable, for those "[t]hinking about making a move to the continent."
August 15, 2012, 5am PDT
We get it, China's cities are big and getting bigger. But what's it like to live there? Isaac Stone Fish takes a closer look at the quality of life in Chinese cities, and finds them almost uniformly monolithic and unlivable.
October 10, 2011, 11am PDT
Congressional support for transportation and infrastructure projects has traditionally been bipartisan. In an interview, Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon discusses how political tantrums in Congress may handicap the US in the long run.
September 2, 2011, 9am PDT
With high scores in five broad categories, Melbourne, Australia received the highest spot in livability rankings from The Economist's research unit.
June 13, 2011, 10am PDT
Chuck Wolfe focuses on the role of the urban corner, terming it "the central place of urban life".
March 8, 2011, 11am PST
Why do cities in Australia and Canada consistently dominate livability ratings?
March 4, 2011, 10am PST
From high drug use to overpriced housing, Vancouver has its flaws despite its 5-year strong top spot as the world's most livable city.
March 1, 2011, 1pm PST
Are greenfield developments designed with sustainability in mind or already-built metropolises better for the environment and the people?
January 7, 2011, 9am PST
The cities that often top the "most livable" lists like San Francisco, Portland, Boston and D.C. also happen to have the lowest percentage of households with children. Does that mean that kids make places un-livable?
Conservative Planner Blog
October 29, 2010, 11am PDT
PlaceMaker Hazel Borys explores what might be the most important metric of sustainable places.
July 21, 2010, 10am PDT
Chuck Wolfe discusses the challenge of finding a more marketable term to encompass all of the prevailing theories of "transit-oriented development", "walkability", and "liveability." His suggestion? Urbandwidth.
May 4, 2010, 1pm PDT
Pittsburgh and other college towns top Forbes Magazine's annual Most Livable Cities list of 2010.
June 22, 2009, 8am PDT
The Economist magazine has published it's list of the most livable cities in the world. But quite a few of these cities have the most unaffordable housing, complains Owen McShane.
January 8, 2009, 10am PST
Correspondent/neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta, who has been tapped to fill the Surgeon General position by President-elect Obama, talks about 'livable cities' as they relate to climate change and public health.
May 7, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>This commentary from the <em>Austin American Statesman</em> argues that the city's aim to become the country's most livable city is undercut by its low number of community gardens.</p>
Austin American Statesman
March 9, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>This piece from the <em>Globe and Mail</em> argues that a bikeable city is a livable city.</p>