LA's New Parking Signs Are Brilliant and Every City Should Copy Them

In the quest to make parking suck less, there are apps that help you find a space, and meters where you can pay with a swipe of your credit card. But LA has launched a simple, low-tech solution to make parking better: Well-designed signage that offers no ambiguity whatsoever when it comes to where you can park, when… » 4/06/15 2:00pm 4/06/15 2:00pm

Would You Take the Bus If It Earned You Free Credits For Tolls?

There's a running joke in many American cities: The only way to make public transportation truly work would be to pay people to ride it. In Atlanta, that's kind of what a new pilot program is doing. For certain transit trips, passengers can now earn $2—but they can only use the money to pay tolls on a nearby highway.… » 3/18/15 6:40pm 3/18/15 6:40pm

Museum Giving Away Back to the Future Car (If Cubs Win World Series)

We're still waiting on many of the futuristic technologies from Back to the Future: Part II. We don't have Marty's hoverboard, Doc's electronic technology that puts you to sleep, or the government's total weather control. But you might have a chance to win Doc Brown's DeLorean — provided the Cubs win the World Series. » 3/18/15 1:02pm 3/18/15 1:02pm

Welcome to the Rural Town That Wants to Build a Hyperloop Utopia

What do cities look like in the world of Hyperloop transit? Will supersonic travel turn our cities into vast, intermodal suburbs? And what about the edge towns that once bled into the country, fed by car travel—will they empty out and decay, eliminated by a new form of transportation that bypasses them? » 3/02/15 11:20am 3/02/15 11:20am

Why Are These Massive Cargo Ships Trapped at 29 U.S. Ports?

You've probably read about it, even if it didn't really register. Something about a backlog. Something about unions. Imports and exports. Now the dispute that's paralyzing 29 ports on the U.S. West Coast has the potential to affect all of us—and to empty the shelves in countless stores. » 2/19/15 5:00pm 2/19/15 5:00pm

This Car and Bike Sharing App Picks The Best Transit Mode For Your Trip

There's one problem with many car and bike sharing programs: By the time you've decided where to go, you're already locked into a transportation mode. You're either waiting for a cab to pick you up, making your way to a kiosk of bikes, or unlocking a nearby ZipCar. What if you could tell an app what you needed to do… » 12/04/14 12:58pm 12/04/14 12:58pm

Highway sound barriers were first proposed to keep movie studios quiet

Los Angeles is widely considered to be the home of the freeway. It's also considered to be the home of the film industry. A fascinating story from Nate Berg over at Re-Form chronicles the way that two emerging forces which would come to define LA ended up making the sound of our ever-noisier roadways (somewhat) more… » 12/03/14 4:16pm 12/03/14 4:16pm

9 Holiday Travel Horror Stories That Make Your Trip Seem Painless

Holiday travel sucks, and most people think that it sucks most around Thanksgiving. That's not necessarily true. However, that probably doesn't make you feel any better if you're reading this while stuck in an airport on the wrong side of the country with hours to wait before your flight leaves. These next nine… » 11/26/14 2:30pm 11/26/14 2:30pm

What's Your Worst Holiday Travel Horror Story?

We all have one of those holiday travel stories. That time you got to the airport and realized you forgot to click the buy button on the ticketing site. That time you stepped onto the train platform and the zipper on your suitcase broke sending all of your sweaters onto the tracks. That time you got on a bus and your… » 11/25/14 6:20pm 11/25/14 6:20pm

7 Crosswalk Signals You Won't Mind Waiting For

Anything that brings more attention to pedestrians is good for cities—it helps walkers feel protected, slows cars down, and makes everyone more aware of their surroundings. Around the world we're seeing quirky takes on walking signals that not only add a bit of whimsy to the street, they also help keep all citizens… » 11/20/14 9:20am 11/20/14 9:20am