“The tyranny of the ribbon” is America’s infrastructure problem

American Crumbling Infrastructure

Look at this chart, courtesy of here: That’s terrifying, no? Now look at this chart, courtesy of the same place: Now keep that “$16.5 billion” figure in your head and look at this third chart: Hm. 

Car culture is (slowly) dying, but the future is hard to predict

Car Culture Is Slowly Dying

I was driving to my uncle’s for Thanksgiving with my dad, my mom, and my wife; I dropped a knowledge bomb on my parents somewhere in that ride that literally seemed to give my father pause. Interested in what it… Continue Reading


What do restaurants mean to cities? A lot, apparently.

This morning, my wife was driving me to work (because we now live in Texas and only have one car, and while I could take the bus it’s a little bit of a hassle — maybe when it gets a… Continue Reading


Could the Vancouver bus system be the key to finally ramping up the timeline on urban transportation projects?

Of the myriad things that don’t make sense in life, here’s one that strikes some people from time-to-time. Because of the culture and context aligned in an industry like tech, you can get a brand-new iPhone app in about three… Continue Reading

In New Orleans, the city is growing about four times faster than the ‘burbs

Sprawl’s a big issue — one with ties to politics — so when new research comes out around it, it’s always interesting. Here’s some new stuff about areas where cities are growing faster than suburbs; overall, in 19 of the… Continue Reading

Is Dublin, Ohio going to be the future of the American neighborhood?

Here are a few things we seem to know about the America of the future: walkability will be important to residents, as will good public transportation options (even though BRT seems to be meeting with opposition in some places), and the… Continue Reading

Most urban sprawl, 2000-2010? Myrtle Beach. Least? Tallahassee.

Sprawl is a pretty big topic — and has ties back to politics, too — with a lot of impact on where people eventually want to move/settle. Now there’s a new report doing a longitudinal study of urban sprawl from 2000-2010;… Continue Reading

156 of 383 major U.S. metro areas saw their population grow faster than the national average from 2010 to 2013. No. 1? Austin, Texas.

It’s always interesting to see what areas of America are growing faster than others — it ties back to where jobs are, where quality of life is perceived to be highest, and where the ideas of the city about attracting… Continue Reading