Charles uses true stories to explore new ideas and old truths about people, cities, science, myth, history, mountains, adventure and happiness.

If you’re mostly interested in stories about happiness and cities, go here.

Otherwise, here are his most recent stories:

Emotions Macando

Using Urban Experiments to Find Happier Streets


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On the Sunny Side of the Street


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When Neighbors Tore Down Their Fences, Incredible Things Happened


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How Urban Design Influences How Many Friends You Have


Atlantic

Why We’re Sometimes Kind Without Reason


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When Cities Stop Subsidizing Sprawl, They Save Money and Get Happy


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The Secrets of the World’s Happiest Cities


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Airport Altruism


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A Beautiful Mess


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The Archipelago of Fear