Darby Minow Smith

Darby Minow Smith is Grist's assistant managing editor. Follow her on Twitter.

Cities

Philadelphia’s Katherine Gajewski is turning a gritty city green

Philadelphia's sustainability director talks about overflowing sewers, making climate change a central part of city government, and her city’s lovely bones.

Cities

Knope and change: A tribute to the women of urban sustainability, inspired by Parks and Rec

In the first of our series about the women who are leading the fight to make cities more green, Minneapolis Sustainability Director Gayle Prest talks about putting beehives on city hall, the Asian carp invasion, and her Spandex-free approach to biking.

Living

Green washing: Learn what all those tiny laundry symbols mean

Clothing lasts longer if you know how to take care of it, but plenty of people can't even decode the runes on the tags. No longer: We submit the Rosetta Stone for decoding laundry labels. Learn it, save your clothes, and save a little bit of resources in the process.

Living

You look great in green: Clothing industry gets a makeover, maybe

Big retail companies -- from Adidas to Walmart -- are taking a deep look at the environmental impacts of their products.

Living

From muumuu to Miu Miu: Turning thrift-store rejects into cute couture (SLIDESHOW)

Watch Jillian Owens transform old doozies into fashion do's.

Living

H & Ahem: Cheap clothing hurts the planet, the economy, and your style

We are drowning in cheap clothes, says Elizabeth Cline. The author talks about the fashion industry's big problems -- and why the solutions are more fun than a trip to Forever 21, anyway.

Transportation

Hot tram! Old trolleys are the new classic cars [SLIDESHOW]

After nearly going extinct in the ’60s, vintage streetcars are returning to the rails in downtowns from Philly to San Francisco. Here's what it looks like when mass transit goes retro.

Sprawl

Out of reach: How sprawl jacks up the cost of ‘affordable’ housing

We've poured billions in to low-income housing deep in the suburbs and far from mass transit. The result? Just getting to work and back and paying rent can gobble up half a family's income. Now, affordable housing is getting a facelift.

Food

Love fast food, America? Well then, why don’t you marry it?

Pizza Hut is now offering a $10,010 proposal package. If you're going to try this, your relationship better be more solid than day-old stuffed crust cheese.

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