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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.
City Repair in Action
Photo essay: City Repair helps people organize, design, and implement new, people-friendly visions for their communities—and reclaim the notion of “neighborhood” in the process. Here’s a collection of their best work.
Building the World We Want: Interview with Mark Lakeman
by Brooke Jarvis
Interview with the co-founder of the City Repair Project, a Portland group that helps neighbors turn public spaces into gathering places.
A New Deal for Local Economies
by Stacy Mitchell
More local, durable economies are already taking root. We can help them along by changing the way we regulate businesses, plan cities, and finance the communities we want.
Depaving Portland
The residents of Portland are literally tearing their city up. Who says cities have to be islands of concrete?
On the Path to Climate Neutrality
by Richard Conlin
Seattle hopes to become North America's first climate neutral city. City council president Richard Conlin asks: What exactly are we getting ourselves into?
No Car, No Problem
by Orion Kriegman
Car-free living not only cuts back on your greenhouse gas emissions. It also builds local community, brings families closer together, and helps support local economies.