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Greg Hanscom

Underwater cities

Greg Hanscom is a senior editor at Grist. He tweets about cities, bikes, transportation, policy, and sustainability at @ghanscom.

Cities

The ‘war on suburbia’ is a hoax

Saying that we’ve declared war on the suburbs is like a spoiled frat boy whining that his parents have declared war on his trust fund because they’ve cut him back to just one kegger and a pound of weed each week.

Business & Technology

People power: Crowdfunding fires up local solar projects

To fund community-scale solar power installation, the company Solar Mosaic has created a website that allows people to invest even small sums. It’s a surprisingly smart idea.

Election 2012

Being Green: Presidential hopeful Jill Stein aims to rebuild a broken system

The Green Party’s front-runner says she wants to get corporations out of politics, create universal health care and free higher education, and rebuild the American economy. Don’t even get her started on Ralph Nader.

Climate & Energy

Why The Hunger Games is no climate parable: A science fiction pro explains

Author Paolo Bacigalupi (Windup Girl, Ship Breaker) talks about what a real eco-apocalypse looks like and the power of science fiction to inspire a better future.

Cities

Joel Kotkin: The man urbanists love to hate

The prominent “suburban apologist” talks about how much he likes cities and how he loves to ride his bike -- and generally goes all Jane Jacobs on us. Wait, wha?

Politics

Boehner bombs: House speaker fails on transportation bill

With just hours left before a congressional holiday, it looks like House Speaker John Boehner, rather than accepting a bipartisan compromise, has opted to do nothing about the nation's roads.

Cities

Mayor awesome: Against all odds, L.A.’s mayor stays green

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa talks about being green in uneasy economic times, biking with his buddy Lance Armstrong, and asking China to help fund his city’s new transit system.

Cities

Trainspotting: Transit vote could bring new life to a gritty city

This summer, voters in metro Atlanta will decide whether to plow $8.5 billion into regional transportation infrastructure. The bigger question: Is a suburban nation willing to reinvest in its cities?

Business & Technology

Earth out of balance: The challenge of controlling corporate greed

Author and man-about-the-planet David Rothkopf was once a champion of free trade and the magic of the free market. Now, he says we’ve gone too far.

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