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If you want to live near a vibrant downtown but don’t want to share a walk-in-closet with eleven roommates… maybe you should consider someplace other than San Francisco or New York

Yes, we know, self-driving cars are coming. But you’ll never guess how they’re actually going to change your city. Robin Chase - the founder of Zipcar - explains. 

Refugee camps are becoming more and more permanent. And residents have set-up bicycle shops, curtain shops, even travel agencies.

 

Back in the mid-20th century, wealthy people fled big cities in droves for a quiet life in the suburbs. Now they’re coming back. Alan Ehrenhalt, author of The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City, tells us why, and how it’s going to change. Read more...

 

Self-driving cars are going to be a thing. Soon. But how are they going to reshape cities? Read more...

Pittsburgh in the morning.

Pittsburgh was built on steel, but now it’s building robots. We talk with author Richard Florida about how cities like Pittsburgh can attract the “creative class” leading the tech revolution. Read More...

Elevator going up

There’s an invention that’s made the modern metropolis possible. No, it’s not the automobile or steel. It’s the elevator. Tom Sybert, host of the Elevator Radio Show, explains how the elevator completely transformed how we live. Read More...

Storm clouds over a city

Floods, drought, crime waves, terrorism, and superstorms. The modern city faces myriad catastrophes and crises. Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, tells us how cities can cope with these challenges, and what they can do to bounce back. Read More...

Dubai international airport

Highways may have defined the 20th century, but airports are shaping the cities of the future, according to John Kasarda, author of Aerotropolis: The Way We'll Live Next. Read More...

Chicago at night

Cities often work even when Washington doesn’t, and mayors play a big role in that, say Jennifer Bradley from the Brookings Institution and Dave Cieslewicz, co-founder of the Mayors Innovation Project. Read More...

Dubai at night

New superpower cities may be built on the foundations of the past, but they're creating an entirely new future, according to Daniel Brook, author of "A History of Future Cities." Read More...

Suburban houses

As younger generations increasingly choose to make cities their home, suburbs are facing an identity crisis. Read More...

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