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LA's New Car Share Program Offers Electric Vehicles to Low-Income Drivers
by Shared-Use Mobility Center
Funded by state cap-and-trade revenue, Los Angeles' program will introduce an electric car-sharing fleet to lower carbon emissions and serve disadvantaged communities.
7 Small Towns Taking Big Steps to Get People Walking
by Jay Walljasper
These communities are helping residents take steps towards healthier lives by making walking a priority.
Bikesharing Trends to Watch in 2015
by Shared-Use Mobility Center
There are a number of bikesharing trends to be excited about this year, from better technology to increased access in low-income communities.
These Friends from High School Bought an Abandoned Factory. Now They're Distilling Artisanal Whiskeys‏
by Samuel Dolgin-Gardner
Much as blight can be contagious, so can renewal. How grassroots community groups are saving neighborhoods and building new businesses.
Big City Living May Help You Slow Down, Stress Less, and Be Happy‏. Really!
by Zanna McKay
From New York City to Barcelona, cities across the world are turning to “slow living” to make their communities happier and healthier in the face of increasing urbanization.
What Your Town Can Learn From America's Most Walkable Suburb
by Jay Walljasper
It's got great transit, plenty of sidewalks, and values people more than cars.
Craigslist Saved 5M Tons of Stuff From Landfills—And 4 Other New Stats on Local Economies
by Mary Hansen
Exactly how much difference do “new economy” organizations make? Economists looked into it, and here are a few of their results.
Young Adults Love Walking, Biking, and Buses—11 Reasons That’s Good For Everyone
by Jay Walljasper
Buses, trains, bikes, and walking represent more than an efficient means of getting from one place to another. They move us toward a brighter future because of the many social and economic benefits they foster.
How One Boston Neighborhood Stopped Gentrification in Its Tracks
by Penn Loh
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 Stoll
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 Ostrander
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. McLennan
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 Walljasper
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 Lohan
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 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?