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Past articles by Andrew:

This Thanksgiving, Think About How Cars Devoured America

The annual holiday gridlock reveals the failure of the American imagination when it comes to other transportation choices. → Read More

Scooter Riders Hate Wearing Helmets. Maybe This Will Help.

As the debate over electric scooters and safety continues, Bird is trying to tap the power of the selfie to encourage riders to don protective headgear. → Read More

In the Trump Era, Transportation Funding Is Simple: Build Roads

Under Trump, an Obama-era transportation grant program designed to fund innovative multi-modal projects became a rural highway-building machine. → Read More

Are D.C.'s Streets Finally Getting Safer?

As the District lagged on its Vision Zero goals, bike and pedestrian advocates in Washington turned traffic fatalities into a rallying cry, and got results. → Read More

Dave Grohl: How Rock and Roll Can Save Your City

At CityLab DC, the Foo Fighters frontman described how the rock scenes of D.C. and Seattle changed his life—and what cities can do to cultivate their scenes. → Read More

A Little Paint Can Change a Community's Relationship to Its Streets

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Asphalt Art Initiative wants to bring a boost of color to the streets of America’s small and mid-size cities. → Read More

The Problem With Switching to Electric Cars

Switching to EVs en masse could help bring down planet-killing carbon emissions. But Americans also need to drive less, right now. → Read More

How to Survive Your First Electric Motor Scooter Ride

Revel’s rentable motor scooters offer a faster brand of of zero-emission shared urban mobility. But to ride safely, cyclists need to learn some new skills. → Read More

What the Great American Road Trip Says (and Misses) About America

Traveling the open road is an American literary tradition. A history professor says the canon needs an update, especially to include women and people of color. → Read More

Americans Hate Carpooling. Waze Wants to Change Their Minds.

Google’s wayfinding company wants to help drivers and riders find each other on its navigation app—and ease traffic congestion along the way. → Read More

CityLab Daily: When Hackers Shut the City Down

Also: The fight to kick a car race out of a Detroit park, and why some city pools still have gender-segregated swimming. → Read More

A Plan for Safer Streets: Let More People Issue Parking Tickets

Washington, D.C., considers training a group of residents to give tickets for some parking violations. Would it make streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists? → Read More

CityLab Daily: Communities Are Fighting 5G, Permit by Permit

Also: How a city’s beauty affects economic growth, and visions of life after steel. → Read More

CityLab Daily: A Bike Trail From Sea to Shining Sea

Also: What to know about Uber’s IPO, and Waymo doesn’t mind being boring. → Read More

What Will It Take to Finish This Bike Trail Across the U.S.?

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has announced a planned route for a coast-to-coast bike and walking path from Washington, D.C. to Washington State. → Read More

CityLab Daily: A Mayor’s Obsession With the City’s Image

Also: Why Indonesia wants to move its capital city, and Denver votes on magic mushrooms. → Read More

CityLab Daily: A Most Ambitious Pro-Pedestrian Makeover

Also: L.A.’s one-stop shop for backyard homes, and what if air conditioning could help stop climate change? → Read More

CityLab Daily: Alternative Homeownership, Explained

Also: How one woman stopped an oil-by-rail terminal, and tissue-box replicas of demolished buildings. → Read More

CityLab Daily: Earth Day Changed How We View Cities

Also: Uber drivers are stressed and in debt, and who is really buying property in San Francisco. → Read More

CityLab Daily: Smaller Cities Gain Traction in Big Tech

Also: D.C.’s go-go- showdown, and cemeteries become art galleries. → Read More