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Greg Hanscom

Underwater cities

Greg Hanscom was a senior editor at Grist.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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 …


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.