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:

Using Urban Experiments to Find Happier Streets


On the Sunny Side of the Street


When Neighbors Tore Down Their Fences, Incredible Things Happened


How Urban Design Influences How Many Friends You Have


Why We’re Sometimes Kind Without Reason


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


The Secrets of the World’s Happiest Cities


Airport Altruism


A Beautiful Mess


The Archipelago of Fear