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Greg Hanscom

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

Transportation

Engine failure: GOP’s signature highway bill sputters, dies

With his $260 billion highway-building proposal sputtering, House Speaker John Boehner resorted to pleading and threats. In the end, the bill is headed for the junk heap.

Cities

Gimme bomb shelter: FEMA pushes for disaster-proof green buildings

With more climate-induced catastrophes on the way, FEMA chief Craig Fugate calls for “no regrets” building measures like super-insulated walls and reflective roofs. The alternative isn’t pretty.

Transportation

High gas prices? Whatevs — my phone gets me where I want to go

Given the choice between a car and a smartphone, young people increasingly opt for the phone. Why? Owning a car is sooooo last century. Plus, a phone is increasingly the best way to get around.

Cities

Suburbs, Jetsons style: MoMA remaps America [SLIDESHOW]

Architects, ecologists, and landscape designers reimagined suburbia for a new show at the Museum of Modern Art.

Climate & Energy

Spy vs. spy: The Heartland Institute’s head-spinning hypocrisy

When someone posted private emails from climate scientists, the Heartland Institute gleefully piled on. But when the institute's own internal documents leaked, it cried foul.

Transportation

Roads to ruin: Why ‘drill and drive’ is the new motto in Washington

One inconvenient truth gets lost in all the hullabaloo over Congress’ disastrous transportation bill: We can’t kick our addiction to asphalt.

Cities

Unbroken homes: Five creative reuses for foreclosed houses

In the wake of the mortgage crisis, hundreds of thousands of homes the in U.S. now stand vacant. What do we do with these moldering houses?

Transportation

No free rides: States consider taxing electric cars

Electric vehicles are making inroads, but since they don’t require gas, they don’t pay for the roads they ride on. Now states are talking seriously about taxing them, and that’s got some drivers all charged up.

Cities

Phoenix rising: Can ‘the world’s least sustainable city’ go green?

In search of a parable of urban sustainability, NYU professor Andrew Ross did something unusual. Rather than seeking out Ecotopia, he headed for Phoenix, Ariz., an ecological disaster waiting to happen. What he found there will surprise you.

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