Heather Smith

Heather Smith

Signs of movement

Heather Smith (on Twitter, @strangerworks) is interested in the various ways that humans try to save the environment: past, present, and future.

Cities

Even Detroit is hatin’ on freeways now

The Motor City is seriously considering tearing down a highway, I-375. Some city bigwigs want to blow up a second one, too.

Cities

How the suburbs could go from rot to rad

With decaying housing and falling revenues, inner-ring suburbs built in the 1950s are becoming the newest slums. But where there are protests, there's hope.

Run ways

These maps show your city’s best-trod running routes

Oceans, rivers, lakes -- one look at these beautiful maps of smartphone data show just how much we love to run next to bodies of water.

Politics

3 stories that will shape the climate fight in 2015

Thanks to some of the past year's less-expected developments, environmentalism and the climate movement may have some rare opportunities for progress in 2015.

Climate & Energy

These fantastic maps showed us different worlds in 2014

From rising sea levels and acidifying oceans to rural roads and dollar buses, these exercises in eco-cartography will open your eyes.

Climate & Energy

Protest too much? 2014 was a big year for rabblerousing

From Keystone to Ferguson, the climate march to New York's fracking ban, here are the highs and lows of a pivotal year for the planet.

Business & Technology

Remembering the genius who got BPA out of your water bottles, and so much more

RIP Theo Colborn, a scientist who alerted us to the issue of endocrine-disrupting chemicals.

Climate & Energy

Oil pipelines are so last year, says Wall Street Journal

The so-far successful effort to halt Keystone has schooled a whole new wave of protest movements against similar projects.

Politics

How the Black Lives Matter movement got protests’ multi-racial groove back

In the wave of protests over the police killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, confidence and outrage are helping people of color shed decades of caution.