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12 Things Costco Employees Won’t Tell You

Warehouse clubs are a fantastic way to save money, and brands like Costco have revolutionized the way that consumers shop, both in person and online. …

Shopping

A Proven Track Record for Reducing Traffic Fatalities

From 1996 to 2006 Bogotá's vehicle fatalities were cut in half, the city employed a number of different tactics around messaging about safety and …

Archaeologists found thousands of hidden structures in the Guatemalan jungle — and it could re-write human history

Using state-of-the-art laser technology, archaeologists uncovered over 60,000 previously unknown Maya structures deep in the Guatemalan jungle, including foundations for houses, military fortifications, and elevated causeways.<p>Archaeologists could barely contain their excitement about the …

27 underrated US destinations everyone should visit in their lifetime

Tri-Rail targets adding positive train control for safety

As Tri-Rail works toward rolling into Miami Central Station, its parent South Florida Regional Transportation Authority is focusing its efforts on …

Dynamic Tolling Done Right—VDOT Shows the Way

The 66 Express Lanes Inside the Beltway between Interstate 495 and Route 29 in Publication Date: Sun, 12/10/2017

Comparing Transit Choice by City

Stephen Hudson has taken ridership data (i..e, unlinked passenger trips) from the Federal Transit Administration and transformed it into an …

Telecommuting Trend Not Decreasing Traffic

Changes in the work force mean more people are working from home or telecommuting.Publication Date: Mon, 10/30/2017

Five Studies That Prove Miami Renters Are Totally Screwed

According to a study the nonprofit National Low-Income Housing Coalition released yesterday, minimum-wage earners living in Miami-Dade County need to …

America Needs a 'Metropolitan Party'

The way back to political sanity runs though the cities—so it’s time for a national political party focused entirely on urban areas.<p>A recent <i>Economist</i> profile on Denver Mayor Michael Hancock had this intriguing observation:<p>Asked if the Democrats concentrated success in cities is itself a sort of …

Maybe Government Data Shouldn’t Always Be Free

What do cities owe their taxpayers when businesses use their data?<p>Most cities today are operating under an assumption, which may turn out to be mistaken, that the data they collect and publish—all paid for by taxpayers—should always be available at no cost, including to business.<p>This assumption is …

Should I worry about arsenic in my rice?

<b>Does rice really contain harmful quantities of arsenic? Dr Michael Mosley of Trust Me, I'm A Doctor investigates.</b><p>Many of us are regular consumers of rice - UK consumption is on the rise, and in 2015 we ate 150m kg of the stuff. But there have been reports about rice containing inorganic arsenic - a …

Defining the Perfect Block Length for Walkability

<i>The Harvard Gazette</i> spoke with Andres Sevtsuk, assistant professor of urban planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, about his research …

A One-Stop Data Shop For Transportation Wonks

Looking for hard numbers on travel trends? Bookmark this handy online compendium of graphs, charts, and stats.<p>Urban wonk and occasional CityLab contributor Yonah Freemark has done a great service for all those scouring the internet for stats on VMT, light-rail ridership trends, or mode share (you …

Urban Design

The 9 best cities to live in the world

In its "A Summary of the Liveability Ranking and Overview" of 140 cities surveyed, it looks at which cities have the best living and worst living conditions. This includes healthcare, education, infrastructure, safety, and the threat of terrorism.<p>Interestingly, the rankings also take into account …

CARTO makes geographical data visualization and analysis accessible to non-specialists

CartoDB, a data visualization company founded in Madrid in 2012, changed its name to CARTO to celebrate its new analysis tool CARTO Builder and to emphasize its attempt to enlarge its audience from developers to business people and non-coders.<p>Historically, CartoDB has helped data specialists with …

This Innovative Highway Design Decreases Traffic Collisions by 60%

It’s tempting to think of technological advancement in terms of radical new materials or near-magical computer science—for example, the way …

Redesigning the Iconic Thoroughfare at the Heart of Little Havana

Will Calle Ocho become a “complete street”? Or remain a highway?<p>Miami’s 8th Street, also called Calle Ocho, is flanked by stout, boxy buildings on either side: gas stations, pawn shops, ACE hardware stores, supermarkets, and the occasional Cuban bakery with <i>cafecito</i>, <i>croquetas</i>, and <i>pastelitos</i>. The …

A One-Stop Guide to Designing the Streets of the Future

A recently published report by the National Association of City Transportation Officials includes insights from dozens of officials and practitioners across North America.<p>Not all urban planners or city governments agree on what kind of street designs are best. But one thing remains clear: Cities …

What a Dance Party on the Metromover Says About Transit in Miami

Optimistic talk, but not much action.<p>On Wednesday night, 180 Miamians wearing neon-colored headphones boarded a string of quiet Metromover cars. Bouncy Motown music transmitted wirelessly by a DJ parked at a nearby station filled their covered ears. They danced, smiling, singing, and shimmying as …

Urban Design

How to Rethink the Suburbs: A Lesson From Toronto

Cities all over the world need to take a close look at their suburbs. In many cases, low-density development correlates with a lack of transit and …

Commercial realty prices soar near mass transit

Advertisement<p>Written by Catherine Lackner on March 1, 2016<p>As traffic becomes more tangled, commercial real estate within 1½ miles of mass transit is …

Can Google's 'Popular Times' Feature Change the Way We Plan?

These days we hear a lot about the potential benefits to planning of ‘big data’. With most people walking, cycling, taking transit or driving around …

7 Dead Simple Ways to Make Your Computer Run Like New

You change your car’s oil every 5,000 miles. You go to the doctor for a physical once a year. Every six months you get your teeth cleaned. And every …

5 incredible female scientists you’ve probably never heard of

All week I've been intrigued and inspired by posters appearing in my department that depict truly great scientists, mathematicians and engineers.<p>Few of them were known to me or my fellow students, yet their achievements include revolutionizing algebra, developing the first treatment for leukaemia, …

Science: Liking Your Alone Time May Mean Greater Success

A dysfunctional family is more than disagreement or constant arguments. Anything from plain neglect, to abuse and even verbal and physical violence …

Self-help

A Wonderfully Clear Explanation of How Road Diets Work

Planner Jeff Speck leads a video tour of four different street redesigns.<p>A road diet is a great way for cities to reclaim some of the excess street space they’ve dedicated to cars—generally preserving traffic flows while improving safety and expanding mobility to other modes. But just as food …

Urban Design

Bernie Sanders: What's Wrong With America Looking More Like Scandinavia?

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Sunday that if he becomes president in 2016, he will bring "a real political shake-up" that lifts the nation's poorest while stemming the proliferation of millionaires and billionaires.<p>In other words, he said he wants to make America look more like …

Is Your Neighborhood Changing? It Might Be Youthification, Not Gentrification

One urban planning professor has defined this as a process that occurs in discrete stages.<p>Much has been made of the wave of millennials moving to cities. In intriguing new work, geographer and urban planner Markus Moos of the University of Waterloo gives the phenomenon a name: “youthification.” …