Christopher Weber

Christopher Weber is an environmental journalist in Chicago.

Pretty vacants: Urban communities fill empty lots with gardens, skate parks, and creative possibility

What do you get when techies and community activists team up to make better use of vacant lots? Urban farms, community gardens -- and perhaps a whiffle ball park?


New show of guerrilla urbanism is both inspiring and a little creepy

Remember when DIY urbanism was frowned upon if not outright illegal? According to a new exhibition, guerrilla tactics have become symbols of American ingenuity and the rebirth of urban cool.

High-end European-style bike tracks — the next big thing in the hood?

They may seem like they've been dropped in from another planet, but supporters say velodromes give inner city kids a healthy pastime while helping build a vibrant urban cycling culture.

Upping the steaks: How grass-fed beef is reshaping ag and helping the planet

Grass-fed beef sales have exploded in recent years. Here's why entrepreneurs are betting the farm that the market is here to stay.

Eau de Chicago: Perfume uses local ingredients to bottle Windy City’s essence

Tru Blooms Chicago is made from flowers grown in the Windy City's urban gardens. Smelling like Chicago is finally a good thing.

Overgrown: What happens when urban farms get too big?

As the number of city farms spanning more than 20 acres goes up, some worry: Are they suburbanizing cities?

Chipotle in hot salsa over tomato pickers’ rights

Activists are pushing Chipotle -- the one large fast food chain known for ethical meat -- to embrace a higher standard for workers. Will it work?

Growing Power scores $5 million to feed our nation’s hungriest cities

Will Allen's urban farming powerhouse plans to put a sizable grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation toward funding “community food centers” in Detroit, New Orleans, and parts of Arkansas, Mississippi, and New Mexico.

Counting the harvest: How numbers can save urban gardens

In 2010, just 67 New York gardens yielded 87,000 pounds of food. Some experts believe data like this is crucial to ensuring the urban agriculture movement takes root.