Planet

Resilient Ideas: Get Off The Grid
by Regina Gregory
A pioneering town in Germany pulls off clean, reliable energy with stable prices.
In New Orleans, Kindness Trumped Chaos
by Rebecca Solnit
Lessons of dedication, solidarity, love, and recovery, five years after Katrina.
Waste Not: Seattle’s Road to Zero Trash
by Richard Conlin
There’s simply no room for waste in a carbon neutral city. Seattle has a plan to cut its contribution to landfills—and it’s working.
Without a Car in the World
Photo Essay: Los Angelenos tell stories of living car-free in the city.
Happy Cities for the Global South: Interview with Enrique Peñalosa
by Jay Walljasper
Former Bogotá mayor Enrique Peñalosa is convincing city planners from Beijing to Mexico City to create lively public spaces that center around people and community, not cars.
Common Ground in a Liquid City
by Sarah Kuck
Re-imagining our cities is the best chance we have to create prosperity, lower our carbon emissions, and save what’s left of the natural world.
Dry Run: Bostonians Learn to Appreciate Clean Water
by Chuck Collins
On May 1st, Bostonians got a remarkable glimpse of our water commons and how we might respond to future disruptions.
Reducing Carbon Emissions: Seattle Has Taken the Lead
by Richard Conlin
Looking back on 10 years of carbon reduction efforts in Seattle.
A World on Two Wheels
Video: Can you imagine a city where bikes rule? Flashback to the Netherlands' vibrant mid-century bike culture.
The Biking Wittwer Family
by Sara Cross, Travis Wittwer
Join Travis Wittwer for a day of bike commuting with his children in Portland, Ore.
An Urban Wilderness in Milwaukee
by Eddee Daniel
The Menomonee River watershed in Milwaukee is what Eddee Daniel calls an "urban wilderness", and it is something that should and can exist in every American town and city.
Roads Aren’t Just for Cars Anymore
by Jeff Raderstrong
The Americas have lagged behind Europe in promoting bicycle transportation, but recent government efforts may change that.
Public Housing Goes Green
by Jeff Raderstrong
Throughout the last year, green public housing projects have been built or proposed in several major cities.
A Requiem for Detroit?
by Grace Lee Boggs
A new documentary illustrates a different kind of American Dream taking hold in Detroit.
Transforming Space Into Place
Video: Is the shortest distance between two points all that life is about? City Repair doesn't think so. They're helping people imagine and create lively public spaces—starting with your local intersection.