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Island Press Field Notes

By Gaelle Gourmelon / On May 10th, 2016

Can cities shift their systems and structures to become sustainable? This is the first of two  sneak peeks into the newest State of the World publication, ...

By Alan Mallach / On April 13th, 2016

High-density public housing may seem like an idea whose time has come and gone, buried along with the ruins of notorious projects like St. Louis’ Pruitt-Igoe and Chicago’s...

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By Michael Branch / On March 23rd, 2016

The Ranter remembers being struck down by love for Tonya Harding, the fallen ice skater.

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By Michael Branch / On February 17th, 2016

The Ranter recalls playing an unexpected concert on the banks of the Truckee River.

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By Robert I. McDonald / On January 5th, 2016

Honestly, I never thought developing a web app would lead me to the banks of the Dead Sea.

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By Hilary Reeves / On December 23rd, 2015

This fall, eighteen nonprofit organizations in the Twin Cities metro are demonstrating their multimodal mojo by being certified as Transportation Leaders ...


By Lucy Moore / On November 3rd, 2015

Whew!    I just read the article on the controversy over proposed bike...


By Jason Leppig / On October 26th, 2015

Is the grand public-space experiment in New York City's Times Square at risk? Perhaps, according to this recent piece on...

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By Katharine Sucher / On October 15th, 2015

More than ever, cities are charged with carrying out national-level policies and are expected to be at the forefront of our response to climate change, housing inequality, job-creation and public health. At the same time, most city government agencies...


By Richard Willson / On September 28th, 2015

Since the beginning of time, parkers have argued that they should park free. Yet the economic justifications for pricing are well documented - pricing leads to more efficient parking use and a multimodal transportation system. Many arguments against...