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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.


Goodbye-ways: The downfall of urban freeways

A new report calls urban highways “a failed experiment,” and suggests that cities have much to gain from trading in blacktop for parks and new development.


Giving cities a bad name: The most craptastic urban rebranding efforts ever

Cities are always trying to shine up their images both within and without, yet these efforts seem destined for failure. We asked you to help us find the biggest branding bombs in the land, and man did you deliver.


Zombie pipeline! Senate narrowly kills Keystone XL — for now

The Senate on Thursday voted down a provision that would have rubber-stamped the Keystone oil pipeline. But this undead monster refuses to stay down.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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