Cities

July 29, 2014, 11am PDT
The results of a survey commissioned by Sasaki Associates reveal key insights into what makes cities great for those who love them, as well as where planners and urban designers should focus their efforts in improving the urban experience.
ASLA The Dirt
Blog post
July 8, 2014, 5am PDT
The most transit-oriented metro areas often have lower levels of traffic congestion than one might expect based on their size.
Michael Lewyn
April 18, 2014, 7am PDT
A new report finds that suburban areas are losing residents to urban areas like New York City and Washington D.C., even well past the point when people would have traditionally made the choice to return to the suburbs.
New York Times
March 30, 2014, 1pm PDT
The 5,000 local ordinances that prohibit “annoyances” often focus on the fraught intersections of the public and private. And it’s probably no surprise that public employees often seek legal protections from annoying (or annoyed) citizens.
The Wall Street Journal
March 28, 2014, 11am PDT
For the second installment in a five-part series on economic segregation in U.S. metros, Richard Florida examines the cities where poverty stays most hidden from "everyone else."
Atlantic Cities
March 13, 2014, 7am PDT
A recent article laments the missed opportunity of President Obama’s recent calls for increased spending on infrastructure: a lack of acknowledgement that cities are the best places to spend those dollars.
Governing
February 25, 2014, 8am PST
“While average life expectancy for many cities far outstrips the non-urban regions of their country, there are others such as Johannesburg where it comes in way below,” according to an interactive feature on the Guardian’s Data Blog.
The Guardian Date Blog
February 20, 2014, 2pm PST
Cities are growing faster than you can say megalopolis. But as populations around the world shift to urban areas, cities are also focal points for global challenges—water, energy, health. MIT is working to address these issues.
Spectrvm
February 1, 2014, 11am PST
Nomenclature changes, especially for cities with chronologies spanning centuries and even millennia. Test your knowledge of historic, even ancient, place names.
Guardian Cities
January 17, 2014, 7am PST
Cities can be undersold or oversold in equal measure, but they never fail to present a shortage of data. With its #citydata series, This Big City explores the sometimes surprising facts about cities that emerge from the din of urban life.
This Big City
January 13, 2014, 10am PST
In December, the Rockefeller Foundation chose the first 33 cities to receive funding and support through its 100 Resilient Cities Challenge. Here's what comes next.
Future Cities
December 10, 2013, 6am PST
The movement stems from demographic changes in the work force. For companies seeking younger hires, they need to go to where they prefer to live. Suburban campuses may be replaced by urban headquarters or the addition of satellite offices in cities.
The Wall Street Journal
Blog post
November 18, 2013, 9am PST
Millenials really are migrating to cities in large numbers- but older age groups are merely leaving less rapidly than in the past.
Michael Lewyn
Blog post
August 23, 2013, 9am PDT
In theory, cities might be able to revitalize their economies and infrastructure. But in reality, state governments can create all kinds of obstacles to city policy.
Michael Lewyn
Blog post
August 17, 2013, 11pm PDT
Are children, millenials and baby boomers returning to cities? The best answer: sometimes, sometimes, and maybe not.
Michael Lewyn
June 21, 2013, 7am PDT
What is the apt metaphor for a city? Machines? Insect colonies? In a new paper, physicist Luis Bettencourt says that if we look to the function of cities we find that they're essentially social reactors that obey universal mathematical parameters.
The Atlantic Cities
June 18, 2013, 2pm PDT
In an essay adapted from their new book, Jennifer Bradley and Bruce Katz examine America's traditional 'dual sovereignty' federalism. They argue that metropolitan areas should play a greater role in governance through a collaborative federalism.
The Atlantic Cities
June 18, 2013, 6am PDT
While he cannot do much to rewrite the Constitution, which favors rural America, or reverse a century of history, which gave rise to the suburbs, Obama, the most urban president, can do more to embrace the city as an innovation incubator.
Financial Times
May 20, 2013, 9am PDT
Chuck Wolfe champions the 'urban diary' tool as a universal means to understand the city around us.
Crosscut
Blog post
April 16, 2013, 3pm PDT
A Gallup poll asked residents of each Congressional district whether they felt safe walking alone at night in their city or area. Although city residents feared crime more than suburbs, there were some surprises.
Michael Lewyn