Why Southwest Airlines Is Building Parks in Each of Its 90 Cities

Over the last 47 years, Southwest Airlines has built a vibrant—if a little goofy—airborne community. Now some of that culture is fueling urban improvements on the ground. Southwest's new initiative called the Heart of the Community is working to build public spaces in all of the 90 cities the airline serves. » 4/15/14 3:40pm 4/15/14 3:40pm

Ditch Your Car And Grab A Bike For These 9 Open Streets Festivals

Around the world, cities are transforming busy streets into public spaces, if only for a few blissful hours. These open streets festivals create safe, healthy recreation areas for residents and help cities carve out space for biking, walking, skating, rolling, strolling, stretching, and even dancing. » 4/04/14 1:00pm 4/04/14 1:00pm

These Staged Pictures Are Perfect Visions of Imperfect Public Spaces

It may seem, at first glance, like a typical summer scene. But the photographs of busy beaches, airports and public buildings by Alex Prager are actually elaborately choreographed images. A new exhibition, Alex Prager: Face in the Crowd, features large-scale color photographs that capture her glorified versions of… » 1/28/14 3:20pm 1/28/14 3:20pm

Being on a Smartphone Makes You More Likely to Use Public Spaces—Kinda

In the 1960s, a sociologist named William H. Whyte revealed something interesting about the behavior of people in parks and plazas across the U.S.: people liked being with people. But has that changed now that everyone carries a tiny computer in their hands? According to a new study: no. » 1/22/14 10:40am 1/22/14 10:40am