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There was a lot of excitement in 2012, when the Hiriko car was unveiled at this event at European Union headquarters in Brussels. At the time, the then-president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, hailed the car as a trans-Atlantic "exchange between the world of science and the world of business." Zhou Lei/Xinhua/Landov hide caption

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

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Mary Lee Kingsley waits for a bus in Montgomery County, Md. The bus stop has a big LED screen with a map displaying the current location of buses and when they will arrive. Franklyn Cater/NPR hide caption

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Apps, Maps And Head Counts Transforming Public Transit

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A circus-themed streetcar approaches a pedestrian crosswalk in Guangzhou, China. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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

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Jay Austin's tiny house in Washington, D.C., has 10-foot ceilings, a loft bed over the bathroom and a galley-style kitchen. Franklyn Cater/NPR hide caption

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

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Walters Clothing carries styles that go back decades and shoes up to size 18. Its outsize selection has earned the attention of NBA stars and hip-hop artists. Eboni Lemon /New Voices Initiative, AIR hide caption

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A Pillar Of Atlanta's Community Also Has An Outsize Shoe Collection

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Artists' renderings of New Meadowland show how the wetland would be designed for human recreational use as well as flood control. The berm shown would be a path through the park when water was low (left). When storms came in, the wetlands would flood, and the berm would protect local development. Courtesy of New Meadowlands hide caption

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

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Political theorist and author Benjamin R. Barber (left) spoke at the CityLab summit this week in New York. He is proposing the formation of a "World Parliament of Mayors." Courtesy of The Atlantic hide caption

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An illustration for a park proposed for Washington's old 11th Street Bridge. If realized, the park would span the Anacostia River, linking the Capitol Hill neighborhood with lower-income Anacostia. Ed Estes/Courtesy of D.C. Office of Planning hide caption

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Bridging The Gap Between Two Neighborhoods

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A cyclist rides in the the bike lane on Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. Becky Lettenberger/NPR hide caption

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Motorists To Urban Planners: Stay In Your Lane

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Snowball Fighting Champs From U.S. Aim For Respect In Japan

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