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5 Ways to Decongest a City (Without Making People Work from Home)

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The Bay Area is walking back a proposal that would have forced residents work remotely.

How Oakland Got Real About Equitable Urban Planning

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When the city closed streets to traffic during Covid, it revealed a fix for designs that cater to white and moneyed interests.

What a City-Sized Sharing Economy Looks Like

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How Canadian cities and First Nations territories discovered the catalytic power of collaboration.

Cooperative Housing Is Redefining ‘Home’ for People with Disabilities

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By sharing everything from services to accessibility renovations, co-housing strikes a balance between autonomy and affordability.

Cincinnati Tenants Are Building Equity With Each Rent Payment

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Why should homeowners get all the perks? How a different type of rental model puts equity back in the pockets of tenants.

How Europe Engineered Its E-Bike Boom

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Millions of Europeans now commute by e-bike, a mobility revolution carefully cultivated by governments and employers.

The San Francisco Housing Policy That’s Stopping Displacement

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In the city’s Mission District, renters are collectively buying their buildings before they get priced out.

Edmonton’s New Parking Rule Is an Urban Planner’s Dream

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For the first time, a major Canadian city won’t require space for cars on any property.

The Perks of Roommates With a 50-Year Age Difference

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Intergenerational homesharing has taken off. The pandemic has complicated the calculus, but some say it’s more vital than ever.

Socially Distanced Architecture That Brings People Together

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When correctly designed, housing that gives people personal space can make them feel closer.

These Streets May Stay Open Forever

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Hundreds of cities have handed over their streets to pedestrians and cyclists during the pandemic. Some of them plan to keep it that way.

Japan’s ‘Disaster Parks’ Help Explain Its Coronavirus Response

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Benches that become stoves and manholes hiding emergency toilets reflect the survival instincts of a country that has learned to live with peril.

Hong Kong’s Subway Was Built for This

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A profit-making enterprise with a mandate to serve the people, the city’s transit system is uniquely designed to weather a crisis.

But Would You Live There?

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In Singapore, housing is affordable, diverse and impeccably maintained.

100 Years of Urban Housing Success

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As cities around the world confront an affordability crisis, a few have spent a century perfecting the art of subsidized housing for the masses.

Making It Rain

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Is rainwater capture the new solar panel? How drought-stricken cities are capitalizing on a building solution so simple, it’s almost like it’s right above our heads.

Free the Transit System!

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No, seriously. Like, actually make it free. A rust belt guide to increasing ridership.

Spain’s Happy Little Carless City

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Pontevedra, once choked with cars, is a laboratory for how smaller cities can implement a few simple tricks to reduce driving dramatically.

Cars in Cities: How’s That Working Out?

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They’re dangerous, destructive, polluting, expensive, inefficient and inequitable—not to mention a pain in the ass. Now cars are being chased off city streets. That’s progress.

A Republican Suburb Designed for Cyclists

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A deep-red town in Indiana has a bicycling network that would make Boulder blush. Their secret? Forget the politics and treat bikes more like cars.

Can Flexible Pricing be Fair?

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Opponents say fees for urban services hit poor people hardest. But the data show that, implemented right, dynamic pricing can be a tool for equity.

Less Parking, More City

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Until recently, Mexico City was building more parking than housing. Now new reforms are pushing the parking aside and returning the pavement to the people.

Putting Parks over Pavement

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Urban neighborhoods that were severed decades ago by massive highways are finally being sewn back together by public spaces designed to reconnect and heal.