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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

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.

Politics

Non-starter: Republican transportation bill is dead on arrival

Republican leaders in the House of Representatives, seemingly intent on driving the country into a ditch, have thrown together a “uniquely terrible” transportation bill. A growing chorus of critics says the legislation is far from roadworthy.

Cities

Urban outfitters: The Nature Conservancy goes to the city

The world's biggest conservation group is making forays into urban areas. Some say it should shift its focus entirely. But can these nature muffins survive in the urban jungle?

Politics

Paranoia strikes deep: GOP exposes ‘dangerous’ U.N. sustainability plot

The new Republican bogeymen? Smart meters! Bike paths! Trains! (Wait, trains?) Yes, people, it’s all a nefarious United Nations plot, and the Republican National Committee is out to expose it.

Politics

Boehner’s last stand: House leader wants to kill transit funding

Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives announced plans to eviscerate funding for buses, trains, and other mass transit. This time, they may have gone too far.

Transportation

A bill of goods: With their latest transportation bill, GOP sides with the suburbs

House Republicans rolled out a proposal for a new transportation bill on Tuesday, and if you believe what they say, the future looks a whole lot like the past. But bike boosters, pedestrian advocates, and environmentalists won’t go backwards without a fight.

Election 2012

Rocky’s road: One of the country’s greenest mayors guns for the White House

Rocky Anderson is running for president, and the third item on his to-do list (after getting the money out of politics and pulling the United States out of foreign wars) is fighting climate change. How cool is that?

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