NPR's Cities Project covers our urban lives, from the striking trends of urban life today to the challenges for cities going forward. Urbanization has become a buzzword of the times, as more than half of the world's population now lives in urban areas. In the United States, it's more than 80-percent. There is an increasing awareness of cities as a defining trait of humanity and their importance to our health, economy, environment, and more. In a series for All Things Considered and features on NPR.org, the Cities Project captures the vibrancy of the urban experience, the street-level view of people who live and work in real space, and the tough and multifaceted ongoing issues of urban life such as development, preservation, transportation, diversity, and the economy.
Implicit in every Cities Project story are these questions: How do we want to live? What do we want our cities to be? Correspondents will define cities broadly -- not just the big municipalities, but suburbs and smaller cities, too.
Get involved with this series: What are the sounds you hear every day that make where you live unique? Find details on sending your audio clips here, and your audio could air on All Things Considered for the NPR Cities Project. Show us the Heart of Your City! Send your pictures, sound and text using the hashtag #NPRCities on Tumblr, Flickr, and Soundcloud. These posts will be featured on NPR's Tumblr and later on an interactive map.
The series began in early July and continues on All Things Considered through early fall on witf, your home for NPR News and All Things Regional. Here is what is coming up in the series:
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