Franklyn Cater

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Courageous Conversations Across a Growing Divide: One Small Step

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

In a time of polarization and political division, NPR and StoryCorps explore whether simple but courageous acts — talking and listening — can be a countervailing force to national discord.


Federal Judge Dismisses U.S. Women's Soccer Team's Equal Pay Claim

Saturday, May 02, 2020

A spokesperson for the U.S. Women's National Team says they'll appeal in their quest to receive compensation on par with the men's team. Other claims in the lawsuit will go to trial.


How A Folding Electric Vehicle Went From Car Of The Future To 'Obsolete'

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Engineers at MIT developed an electric, shareable car that would fold to conserve parking spaces. A prototype was made for production in Europe. But why did this promising auto never hit the road?


Apps, Maps And Head Counts Transforming Public Transit

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Transit decisions are made by political bodies, and the results are often that the communities with the most political and economic power drive the bus, so to speak. Big data may change that.


In D.C. And China, Two Approaches To A Streetcar Unconstrained By Wires

Thursday, October 22, 2015

D.C. has struggled to roll out a streetcar line that uses both overheard wires and off-wire, battery power. In southern China, though, a new supercapacitor-powered tramline is already up and running.


Living Small In The City: With More Singles, Micro-Housing Gets Big

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Single people represent the fastest growing category of households in the U.S. That's made small dwellings — from micro-apartments to stand-alone tiny houses, a niche force in the real estate market.


'Chief Resilience Officers' Could Help Cities Cope With Calamity

Friday, November 07, 2014

The word "resilience" is increasingly on the tongues of urban thinkers these days, as city officials, planners and designers discuss how to prepare better for natural disasters, especially in light of climate change.

One of the big financial drivers of the conversation has been the Rockefeller Foundation, offering grants intended ...


MAP: FEMA Is Buying Out Flood-Prone Homes, But Not Where You Might Expect

Monday, October 20, 2014

The NPR Cities Project has been reporting on the options for coastal communities in light of rising sea levels. Cities might choose to armor the shoreline with floodwalls, or they might opt for what's sometimes called a "managed retreat."

Since Superstorm Sandy, for example, both New York and New ...


Washington, D.C., Pitches New Bridge Park As A 'Model For Social Equity'

Friday, October 17, 2014

Washington, D.C., moved a big step closer this week toward building its own "bridge to the future." Two well-known design firms — OMA and OLIN — were selected as the winners of a competition to conceptualize the 11th Street Bridge Park.

The plan is an inventive reuse of ...


N.J. Braces For Future Disasters By Fleeing, And Fortifying, The Coast

Friday, September 26, 2014

Federal funds are supporting two different disaster-prevention approaches — coastal retreat, or people leaving flood zones, and coastal defense, or building infrastructure to protect at-risk areas.


City Slickers: 5 Books About The Urban Experience

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

At the NPR Cities Project, we've spent much of the summer reading, breathing, reporting on urban innovation. From smartphone apps such as NextBus and StreetBump, to citywide surveillance camera networks, to 911 texting and NASA-style command and control centers for city agencies, we've been exploring how ...