Cities, Towns, Transport
A livable, sustainable human habitat.
For Walkers and Cyclists, A Swedish Road-Planning Strategy Helps Save Lives
by Jay Walljasperposted Sep 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 Bakerposted Jul 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 Funesposted Jul 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 Walljasperposted Jul 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 Mossposted Jun 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 Ruskposted Jun 13, 2014
- 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"
by Kristin Moeposted Jun 09, 2014
- 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
posted May 12, 2014
- "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
by Jennifer O'Brienposted Apr 22, 2014
- 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
by Molly Ruskposted Mar 11, 2014
- 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
by Bob Massieposted Dec 09, 2013
- 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
by Madeline Ostranderposted Nov 01, 2013
- Conversations about how we're going to get through the coming transformation force us to see the full scale of the problem.
Will Trains Bring 48M Tons of Coal a Year Through Seattle? Not If the Locals Can Stop It
by Floyd McKayposted Aug 20, 2013
- A plan to bring coal from Wyoming to the Pacific Northwest coast and ship it to Asia will test the mettle of the region's environmentalists.
“We’re Not Going Anywhere”: Sandy-Struck Neighborhoods Rebuild for Resilience
by YES! online staffposted Jul 24, 2013
- Climate change has turned up the volume, making “superstorms” like Sandy more likely. In this documentary, Clodagh McGowan introduces you to coastal homeowners who are rebuilding their houses to withstand the next big one.
Security Checks, Duty-Free Shops, and...Beehives?
by Kristin Hugoposted Jul 01, 2013
- Beekeepers are using empty public land around Seattle-Tacoma Airport to breed and distribute healthier strains of honeybees.