Driverless Cars Are Going to Disrupt the Airline Industry

COMMENTARY | A future with driverless cars means people will have more options to avoid driving on their own, beyond trains, planes, and buses.

Transforming a City by Reconsidering a Highway

Syracuse, New York could remove a section of Interstate 81 that runs through the city, with the goal of revitalizing communities that were displaced by its construction in the 1950s.

Six States to Craft Election Security Plans Through National Academy

The National Governors Association-sponsored policy academy will help officials from Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Nevada and Virginia devise communications and response plans to deploy if their election systems come under attack.

The Cost of That Toll? Depends on Your E-ZPass

The cost of your highway tolls depends on if you bought your electronic pass in-state or out.

If Climate Goals Aren’t Met, Extreme Heat Will Kill Thousands in U.S. Cities

A new report estimates as many as 2,700 heat-related deaths can be prevented in just one city if global temperature rise can be limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

As Hurricane Season Begins, ‘Green’ Flood Control Finds Support in Texas

As greater Houston seeks protection from the next Hurricane Harvey, using natural features like prairies and sand dunes to control water is gaining purchase.

While Some States Struggle with Floods, Others See Relief from Their Droughts

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Oklahoma City considers demolishing its jail … Charleston, West Virginia bans protests at medical centers … Durham City Council meeting interrupted by song.

Why One City Wants to Bring Back Postal Banking

Postal banking—an idea from the early 20th century—is ripe for revival in urban and rural America, say advocates like the U.S. postal worker union.

Protected Bike Lanes Are Safer for Drivers, Too

A comprehensive study of crash and street design data from 12 cities finds that roads with protected bike lanes make both cycling and driving safer.

Critical Condition: Here Are America’s Newest Endangered Historic Places

The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2019 list of imperiled buildings, neighborhoods, and districts reveals the threats that older places face.

To Curb Trashcan Clutter, a City Will Try Stowing Waste Underground

Raleigh, North Carolina is looking to improve on “the old school model” it uses to handle waste from downtown businesses.

Cities Aren't Doing Enough to Prepare for Autonomous Vehicles

Self-driving vehicle technology may be coming, but most city leaders aren’t doing much to anticipate our robot-car future, a new study warns.

Planting a Habitat for Pollinators on City Streets

A pollinator protection task force in Madison, Wisconsin led to a median-planting project designed to provide a friendly environment for bees and butterflies.

$831 Million Project to Repel Invasive Fish From Great Lakes Gets Army Corps Greenlight

One advocate describes a “race against time” to block Asian carp, which pose a threat to native wildlife.

What We Fight About When We Fight About Parking

The urban economist Donald Shoup collects reports of violence that erupts over parking spaces. To him, disputes between drivers are signs of a bigger problem.

Ranking the Country's Parks

Washington, D.C. dethroned three-time defending champ Minneapolis in the latest version of the ParkScore index, released this week by the Trust for Public Land.

Infrastructure Talks Between Trump and Democrats Crumble

The two sides had planned to sit down Wednesday to talk about a possible $2 trillion package.

Despite Resistance, Cities Turn to Density to Tackle Housing Inequality

Residential "upzoning” policies being adopted from Minneapolis to Seattle were once politically out of the question. Now they’re just politically fraught.

How One City Handles Complaints About Its Transit System

San Francisco’s BART System doesn’t just tweet back at people complaining on social media, but also tries to tap into the information to help guide maintenance, cleanup, and repair in real time.

America’s First Greenbelt May Be in Jeopardy

Adopted in the 1950s to protect the city’s iconic horse farms, the urban growth boundary of Lexington, Kentucky, no longer seems unassailable.