These Friends from High School Bought an Abandoned Factory. Now They're Distilling Artisanal Whiskeys
by Samuel Dolgin-GardnerMay 20, 2015
- 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 McKayApr 17, 2015
- 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 WalljasperMar 31, 2015
- 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 HansenMar 03, 2015
- 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 WalljasperFeb 03, 2015
- 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 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.