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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?
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
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
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
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?
by Yessenia Funes
The city's mayor says the move will boost cycling in decades to come, creating a greener and more sociable city.