Here's a short list of ways the spill could lead to serious legislative change.
I had to get from Philadelphia to New York. Sure, Amtrak just wrecked a train. But it's not like the highway is safer.
Putting stick-figure same-sex couples on traffic lights is an attention-getting gesture. But actually naming things for activists is more meaningful.
Local government scuttles the search giant's big plans to reinvent suburban office-park design with new-model integrated housing.
A Google Maps mashup overlays air pollution data on the city street grid so bikers can go easy on their lungs.
A new Sierra Club service will message you when the air gets really bad in your area.
San Francisco's Good Eggs is taking another run at the dream of using apps and the internet to change the way we buy food for the better.
You want local meat? You're gonna need a local slaughterhouse. It took a tanking economy and a massive beef recall to save the last such outfit in the Bay Area.
Los Angeles has a new master plan that sets ambitious goals for a more sustainable urban future -- and puts the kibosh on grassy lawns.