How One Boston Neighborhood Stopped Gentrification in its Tracks
by Penn LohJan 28, 2015
- Community land trusts create housing that is permanently affordable. And they also help new city farmers get land.
In 10 Years, No One In Helsinki Will Even Want to Own a Car: 3 Simple Ideas That Are Making Cities Sustainable
by Shannan StollJan 15, 2015
- An app that combines the affordability of ride sharing with the reliability of taxis. Playgrounds built as sponges for reusable greywater. From Finland to California, the cities of the future are here.
LA Imports Nearly 85 Percent of Its Water—Can It Change That by Gathering Rain?
by Madeline OstranderJan 05, 2015
- The urban drainage-ways of Los Angeles can never quite look like wild creeks, but restoring some of their capacity to store, slow, and filter water fixes many problems at once.
Can You Imagine a City Where Trees and Swing Sets Matter More Than Cars?
by Jason F. McLennanJan 02, 2015
- As we reimagine our future cities, we can make room for nature and humanity.
Walking: The Secret Ingredient for Health, Wealth, and More Exciting Neighborhoods
by Jay WalljasperDec 25, 2014
- It's been called "America's untrendiest trend." The evidence that millions of people are finally walking again is as solid as the ground beneath our feet.
Northern California's Railroads Are Carrying More Crude Oil Than Ever—But These Neighbors Aren't Having It
by Tara LohanDec 15, 2014
- Residents who have joined the fight against transporting oil by train have also come to understand aspects of the wider context.
Photo Essay: At a Half-Mile-Long Table, Chefs, Farmers, and Volunteers Feed a Neighborhood for Free
by Valerie SchloredtNov 25, 2014
- 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
by Natasha DonovanNov 19, 2014
- 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
by Sarah van GelderNov 19, 2014
- 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
by Jay WalljasperSep 02, 2014
- 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
by Brandon BakerJul 15, 2014
- 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?
by Yessenia FunesJul 14, 2014
- 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
by Jay WalljasperJul 10, 2014
- 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
by Daniel MossJun 16, 2014
- The secret ingredient in Boston's prize winning tap water? Forest conservation.
San Francisco Bans Sale of Plastic Water Bottles on Public Property
by Molly RuskJun 13, 2014
- The ban is set to go into effect in October 2014, and will be the first of its kind in the nation.