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Boosters hope the renovated Michigan Central Station, once a symbol of Detroit’s decline, will now signal its rebirth. Amy Sacka

A short history of the rise, fall and return of Detroit’s Michigan Central Station

Michigan Central Station stood abandoned for decades as a symbol of Detroit’s decline. A major investment by Ford has breathed new life into the structure – and, residents hope, the city.
A man pulls his kids behind an electric bicycle near the pier in Huntington Beach, Calif. Paul Bersebach/Orange County Register via Getty Images

E-bike incentives are a costly way to cut carbon emissions, but they also promote health, equity and cleaner air

Many incentive programs promote e-bike use, but they aren’t necessarily targeting the right people for the right reasons.
Brain-computer interfaces have the potential to transform some people’s lives, but they raise a host of ethical issues, too. Andriy Onufriyenko/Moment via Getty Images

Several companies are testing brain implants – why is there so much attention swirling around Neuralink? Two professors unpack the ethical issues

Brain-computer interface devices have the potential to boost users’ autonomy, especially for people who experience paralysis. But that comes with risks, as well.
An image of KidicalMass in Barcelona, in May 2022. Calvox Periche/Kidical Mass

Return of the child-friendly city? How social movements are changing European urban areas

Urban development and social norms concerning childhood have led European cities to a situation where public spaces are no more spaces for children and young people.
Muslim pilgrims go through passport control in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on June 5, 2022, prior to the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca. Amer Hilabi/AFP via Getty Images

New passport rankings show that the world is opening up – but not for everyone

A passport from the United Arab Emirates will get you into far more destinations than one from Afghanistan. Gaps like this have big implications for people’s ability to travel, reside and work.
New research suggests many Canadians cannot afford to forgo public transit during the COVID-19 pandemic — or ever. Jed Dela Cruz/Unsplash

Giving up public transit during the coronavirus is a luxury many Canadians can’t afford

Many of Canada’s residents, including essential workers, have no choice but to ride transit. Service cuts may cripple their access to essential destinations if governments do not intervene.
Traders wait in line at the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) market, in Navi Mumbai on April 20, 2020. INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP

Mapping the lockdown effects in India: how geographers can contribute to tackle Covid-19 diffusion

Preliminary results of new research show how using data from social networks such as Facebook may help us understand how the coronavirus spread on local and regional levels.

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