Study Casts Doubt on Feasibility of Boston’s Proposed Flood Barrier

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Virginia on path to expand Medicaid ... another jail torture lawsuit in Utah … Georgia governor talks up Atlanta’s Amazon HQ2 bid.

Flood Clean-up Begins in a Historic Maryland Mill Town. Again.

Unlucky topography and an intense rainstorm creates a major disaster in Ellicott City for the second times in nearly two years.

City in Michigan Removes Fountain Offensive to Native Americans

Kalamazoo officials have not yet decided what to do with a 1940 monument or how to repurpose the park space.

Why This State Thinks Engineers Can Save Pedestrians' Lives

The number of pedestrians killed on U.S. roadways is up—by a lot.

This Alabama Town Reimagined Its Vacant Kmart

Gadsden offers a model for ‘getting beyond Kmart’ other cities can follow, even if their big-box stores haven’t shuttered yet.

Wringing Out New Truths From Data: Tracking Social Progress in Cities

Urban designers are ready to help cities learn from each other, combing through data both old and new.

This Electric Scooter Mayhem Sounds Just Like When Cars Were First Introduced

Scooters are not killers (yet), but the anger they’ve inspired echoes that which accompanied the arrival of the first automobiles.

Violent Acts in Public Places Fuel Interest in Secure Design

But an architect who designs civic buildings urges a measured response instead of creating a “ballistic cocoon.”

More Cities Are Banishing Highways Underground—And Building Parks on Top

The urgent need to repair or upgrade many half-century-old urban expressways also is fueling the construction of so-called freeway caps.

Use Trump’s Infrastructure Package to Fix Our Past Infrastructure Sins

COMMENTARY | Manhattan Institute’s Michael Hendrix hopes we’ll not only look to the new, but consider taking down the old to “reknit” our urban fabric.

Fire Escapes Are Evocative, But Mostly Useless

In the 19th century, fire escapes saved tenement dwellers from peril. Today they are more likely to cause harm than to prevent it.

More Retail-Inflamed Heartburn Awaits Local Economic Development Officials

City halls, planners and community stakeholders ignore the current instability in the grocery sector at their own potential peril.

The Humble Curb Is Fast Becoming the City’s Hottest Asset

Digitizing curbs is “something that has benefit today, benefit in the future, and doesn’t require so much investment from cities that they can’t do it today.”

What’s the End Game for Bikeshare in America’s Cities?

“What today’s bike sharing players must understand is that it takes a true, dedicated partnership between cities and providers to ensure bike sharing thrives,” according to the co-founder and CEO of Zagster.

Low-Lying Boston’s Frigid Flood Risk Reminder

A powerful Nor’easter storm brought some of the highest tides on record to Massachusetts—and they’re a taste of what’s to come.

The Quandary of Designing Streets and Sidewalks to Protect Against Rare Events

Bollards and barriers can help protect pedestrians and crowds from malicious and unintended acts by motorists but can also limit walkability and pose their own hazards and nuisances.

Why Downtown Parking Garages May Be Headed for Extinction

“The whole view of the function of streets has had a metamorphosis,” according to DePaul University transportation professor Joe Schwieterman. “It’s made us rethink the opportunity cost of plopping a parking garage in prime downtown property.”

Albuquerque Embraces Shift to Dockless Bike-Share System to Boost Local Mobility

Predictability is proving a priority for bicycle riders among the 98 cities adopting Zagster’s new Pace offering.

Cities Are Embracing Resilient, Equitable Infrastructure Finance Out of Necessity

Climate change is putting increased pressure on often-chronically underinvested and already failing systems, forcing municipal agencies to experiment with new funding mechanisms.