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A Simple Idea to Transform the Life of Our Cities
by Jay Walljasper
Even a short stretch of car-free pavement empowers pedestrians to realize the road belongs to them, too
Complete Streets: It’s About More Than Bike Lanes
Video: How a few simple changes have transformed streets in New York City.
The Road Not Built: Redefining Progress At Home and Abroad
by Robin Broad, John Cavanagh
Local opposition to a proposed road in Trinidad brings new understanding of “progress,” and what it means to be rooted.
Living Buildings, Living Economies, and a Living Future
by David Korten
David Korten: Two ideas that bring me renewed hope that we can end our isolation from nature and from each other.
Building the Just City
by Sarah Laskow
Beyond growth: How to build cities that make life richer for the people who live there.
Common Stories
by Kim Eckart
Do you ride the bus? Use the library? Walk on the sidewalk? Congratulations—you're already part of the commons movement.
When Density Meets Community
by Richard Conlin
In Seattle, cutting carbon while increasing quality of life.
How to Design a Neighborhood for Happiness
by Jay Walljasper
The way we design our communities plays a huge role in how we experience our lives.
In the Built Environment, the Tyranny of the Big, the Beauty of the Small
by Jason F. McLennan
Green building leader Jason McLennan on ways to keep our buildings and cities at a healthy, human scale.
YES! Picks: Dispensing Seed Bombs
by Caitlin Battersby
Seed bombs are a favorite tool of guerrilla gardeners for planting flowers on derelict ground.
Changing with the Climate
by Richard Conlin
In Seattle, how changes in policy help prepare for changes in climate.
How to Be a Car-Free Family
by Angela and Dorea Vierling-Claassen
Tired of paying car insurance, sitting in traffic jams, and guzzling too much gas? Advice for finally moving beyond the car.
Inez Killingsworth: Fighting Foreclosures
How one outspoken resident is helping Cleveland's families keep their homes.
One of Many Detroits
by Anonymous
Photo essay: "The people of this city are not abstractions." An anonymous Detroit photographer shares a view of the city that the mainstream media doesn't cover.
A Reality Check on the Plug-In Revolution
by Guy Dauncey
What’s really needed if we are to turn the Plug-In Revolution into the main event, instead of a colorful but distracting sideshow?