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Photo Essay: At a Half-Mile-Long Table, Chefs, Farmers, and Volunteers Feed a Neighborhood for Free Photo Essay: At a Half-Mile-Long Table, Chefs, Farmers, and Volunteers Feed a Neighborhood for Free
by Valerie Schloredt
In St. Paul, Minnesota, artist Seitu Jones wanted to start a community-wide conversation about food access and food justice—and where better to talk than over a good meal?
10 Climate Conscious Cities—Electric Cars, Rooftop Farms, and Other Ways They’re Preparing for the Future 10 Climate Conscious Cities—Electric Cars, Rooftop Farms, and Other Ways They’re Preparing for the Future
by Natasha Donovan
There’s no time to waste when it comes to acting on climate change. The world’s most forward-thinking cities are curbing carbon and building for a sustainable future, now.
Want to See How Governments Are Making Real Progress? Look to the Cities Tackling Our Biggest Problems Want to See How Governments Are Making Real Progress? Look to the Cities Tackling Our Biggest Problems
by Sarah van Gelder
New energy is transforming our cities into hotbeds of democracy and progressive innovation.
For Walkers and Cyclists, A Swedish Road-Planning Strategy Helps Save Lives For Walkers and Cyclists, A Swedish Road-Planning Strategy Helps Save Lives
by Jay Walljasper
Utah, Minnesota, and Washington have seen traffic fatalities decline by 40 percent. Here's how they did it.
This Solar-Powered Water Wheel Can Clean 50,000 Pounds of Baltimore’s Trash Per Day This Solar-Powered Water Wheel Can Clean 50,000 Pounds of Baltimore’s Trash Per Day
by Brandon Baker
The Inner Harbor Water Wheel is proving to be an effective answer to the city's water pollution problem.
Paris Launched a Kid-Friendly Bike Share. Could the U.S. Be Next? Paris Launched a Kid-Friendly Bike Share. Could the U.S. Be Next?
by Yessenia Funes
The city's mayor says the move will boost cycling in decades to come, creating a greener and more sociable city.
Scared of Biking in Traffic? These Cities Are Making It Safe Scared of Biking in Traffic? These Cities Are Making It Safe
by Jay Walljasper
To get people on bikes in big numbers, cities are finding that it's essential to separate bike lanes from traffic.
Why Boston Has the Best Tasting Tap Water in the Country Why Boston Has the Best Tasting Tap Water in the Country
by Daniel Moss
The secret ingredient in Boston's prize winning tap water? Forest conservation.
San Francisco Bans Sale of Plastic Water Bottles on Public Property San Francisco Bans Sale of Plastic Water Bottles on Public Property
by Molly Rusk
The ban is set to go into effect in October 2014, and will be the first of its kind in the nation.
Meet the Tenacious Gardeners Putting Down Roots in "America's Most Desperate Town" Meet the Tenacious Gardeners Putting Down Roots in "America's Most Desperate Town"
by Kristin Moe
They're not always optimistic about the future of Camden, N.J. But they're committed to it anyway, and they've created one of the nation's fastest growing networks of urban farms.
This Omaha Bike Shop Is Training a New Generation of Cyclists This Omaha Bike Shop Is Training a New Generation of Cyclists
"Pretty soon they're using it to travel downtown and expand their understanding of the community they live in."
In Rural Kansas, an Experiment Makes Hitchhiking Safe Again In Rural Kansas, an Experiment Makes Hitchhiking Safe Again
by Jennifer O'Brien
The people behind the project borrowed some tricks from ride-sharing apps like Lyft, but tweaked the details so the rides are free.
Seattle Council to Governor: Protect this City (And the Climate) from Oil Trains Seattle Council to Governor: Protect this City (And the Climate) from Oil Trains
by Molly Rusk
Beyond the dangers of derailment and explosions, Seattleites are worried about oil-by-rail shipping's effect on the climate. Here's what they did about it.
Boulder Votes to Break With Xcel and Start Its Own Power Utility Boulder Votes to Break With Xcel and Start Its Own Power Utility
by Bob Massie
Why moving utilities from corporate to public control puts energy, dollars, and decisions into the hands of local communities.
Adapting to Climate Change: It's Not About Giving Up, It's About Getting Real Adapting to Climate Change: It's Not About Giving Up, It's About Getting Real
by Madeline Ostrander
Conversations about how we're going to get through the coming transformation force us to see the full scale of the problem.
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