December 19, 2018, 6am PST
The finalists from the WRI Ross Prize for Cities have been announced.
December 17, 2018, 8am PST
Metropolitan areas with many options for places to eat offers many quality of life benefits to residents.
November 7, 2018, 5am PST
The first comprehensive look at social capital in a Canadian city reveals lessons for planners and more about what connects citizens to their communities.
October 21, 2018, 1pm PDT
While much of the news focuses on declining population and vacant homes, Cleveland and Akron have quietly outperformed many other cities on quality of life.
Crain's Cleveland Business
August 30, 2018, 1pm PDT
If the rent is too damn high, it might still be a good investment.
August 20, 2018, 2pm PDT
Honolulu and Pittsburgh have made a cottage industry of leading the United States on the quality of life index produced by The Economist.
The Economist Intelligence Unit
June 12, 2018, 2pm PDT
The happiest people in Canada, according to a survey of life satisfaction, tend to live in significantly less dense communities than the least happy.
January 30, 2017, 9am PST
A call to action to change the paradigm of planning and development to better serve an aging nation.
January 10, 2017, 9am PST
The quickly growing number of third spaces is good news for both the social and the urban fabrics.
August 23, 2016, 11am PDT
It's something we feel intuitively: poorly-designed arterial roads make for less comfortable neighborhoods. That remains the case even if the adjoining residential streets are quiet and safe.
June 13, 2016, 1pm PDT
Good jobs, affordable housing, and quality of life rarely come in a total package. In fact, according to new analysis from the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis, only three cities in the United States combine all three.
June 8, 2016, 11am PDT
Metro's first Quality of Life report measures the impact of the agency's transit investments since 2008.
January 19, 2016, 8am PST
One writer's view of the modern city goes negative. If our environment affects our happiness, surely we're all suffering from depression.
January 15, 2016, 11am PST
The availability of parking can make or break opinions of neighborhoods, and renters are especially likely to be impacted by parking difficulties.
December 31, 2015, 9am PST
National leaders in China have recognized urban challenges like pollution and public safety as threats to residents of the country's cities, and have released a policy statement to begin a new era of urban policies.
November 12, 2015, 2pm PST
A new study confirms much of what we already suspect about the choices people make about where to live, but with a far-reaching, scientific approach.
April 22, 2015, 8am PDT
The data shows Minneapolis recovered from the recession more quickly than Chicago. And its growth rates continue to surpass those of its larger neighbor. Why did this happen, and which policies deserve credit?
Metropolitan Planning Council
March 26, 2015, 1pm PDT
As developers plan city-saving projects like a billion-dollar bridge to Canada, Detroit residents demand that tangible benefits go to their communities. City council may pass an ordinance to that effect.
February 3, 2015, 2pm PST
Sarah Laskow reports on recent research on the surprisingly two-way connection between the happiness of urban trees and the happiness of urban humans.
January 29, 2015, 12pm PST
Advocates for housing and quality of life in rural communities face an uphill battle in gaining attention, much less funding, to fight the problem.