I'm the former New York Bureau Chief for CityLab, a site about urban life run by The Atlantic magazine. I became a regular contributor when the site launched in September 2011 (then as The Atlantic Cities), and edited the Future of Transportation series that ran in 2014 (as well as the accompanying e-book). I've linked a selection of memorable or popular posts below, in no particular order.
The First Look at How Google's Self-Driving Car Handles City Streets / Google's New Self-Driving Car Is About to Hit the Streets / Can a New Urban Highway Avoid the Mistakes of the Past? / Transit Projects Are About to Get Much, Much Easier in California / The Incredible Rise of Off-Peak Public Transportation / The Plan That Could Finally Free New York City From Traffic Congestion / Downtown Cleveland Is Turning a Traffic Hub Into a Public Park / The Cracks in Chicago's Grand Plans for the Bus
LISTICLES / CHARTICLES / MAPS
77 Ways to Design the Letter 'M' / The World's 15 Most Complex Subway Maps / 18 Reasons America Should Adopt a Per-Mile Driving Fee / Why More Northeast U.S. Travelers Take the Train Instead of a Plane, in 2 Charts / 10 Tired Traffic Myths That Didn't Get a Rest in 2015 / 7 Fun Facts About the New York Subway’s New 7 Train Extension / How San Francisco Got Its New Rider-Friendly Transit Map / 5 Anti-Bike Arguments That Should Be Retired / 7 Benefits and 1 Huge Problem With a World of Driverless Taxis / 5 Subway Lines New York Hasn't Built But Should / All the Ways Germany Is Less Car-Reliant Than the U.S., in 1 Chart
The Ideal Commute Is Not Actually No Commute / The Real Reason U.S. Gas Is So Cheap Is Americans Don't Pay the True Cost of Driving / Why the People in Charge of Transit Systems Should Be Required to Actually Ride Transit / What France Can Teach U.S. Cities About Transit Design / Strange As It Seems, Cycling Haters Are a Sign of Cycling Success / When Adding Bike Lanes Actually Reduces Traffic Delays / Imagine: A World Where Nobody Owns Their Own Car / Public Transit Is Worth Way More to a City Than You Might Think / A New Yorker’s (Sadly Lopsided) Scorecard of Tokyo Transportation / Why Are There Still So Many Train Stations Named Penn Station? / Every City Needs Hong Kong's Brilliant Baggage-Check System / The Strongest Case Yet That Excessive Parking Causes More Driving / Why Aren’t Urban Planners Ready for Driverless Cars? / The Complete Business Case for Converting Street Parking Into Bike Lanes / How Panasonic Turned Car Commuters Into Transit Riders / The Study That Brought Down Volkswagen / An Unusual Objection to Less Parking: It Will Make Our City Too Nice / A Wonderfully Clear Explanation of How Road Diets Work / The Clearest Explanation Yet for Why Millennials Are Driving Less / Where Electric Vehicles Actually Cause More Pollution Than Gas Cars / The Myth That Everyone Naturally Prefers Trains to Buses / America's Infrastructure Crisis Is Really a Maintenance Crisis
CITIES & BEHAVIOR
The Real Source of America's Urban Revival / Why the Wealthy Have Been Returning to City Centers / Why People In Cities Walk Fast / The Neuroscience of Car Dependence / City Life Changes How Our Brains Deal With Distractions / Is Google Maps Changing Our Behavior? / How You Cross the Street Largely Depends on Where You're From / Which Mode of Travel Provides the Happiest Commute? / The (Pretty Much Totally) Complete Health Case for Urban Nature / Why the Trip Back Always Feels Shorter / The Universal Pleasures of 7 PM / The Science of Cities Applies to Ancient Mexico, Too
SEINFELD, DYLAN, HITLER, & MISC
The Geographic Legacy of 'Seinfeld' / The Staggering Geography of Bob Dylan's 'Never Ending Tour' / How Highway Construction Helped Hitler Rise to Power / What Can I Realistically Do About My Neighbor Who Has Really Loud Sex? / What Tokyo Looked Like in 1945 / 30 Things 'Back to the Future II' Got Right or Wrong About October 21, 2015 / 7 Transportation Plot Lines Better Than the High-Speed Rail Scheme in 'True Detective'
Q & A's
The Remarkable Turnaround of Atlanta Public Transit (Keith Parker) Maryland's Governor Explains his War on Sprawl (Martin O'Malley) / A Chat with Amtrak's CEO on the State of U.S. Passenger Rail (Joseph Boardman) / The Mayor of Phoenix Talks About Better Transit in a Car-Reliant City (Greg Stanton) / How to Design a Happier City (Charles Montgomery) / The Suburbs Are Dead, Long Live the Suburbs (Leigh Gallagher) / Explaining Transit's Secret Language (Jarrett Walker) / Why Historical Maps Still Matter So Much, Even Today (David Rumsey) / The Fascinating History of New York and Boston's Race to Build a Subway (Doug Most)