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.

Business & Technology

The secret history of the taxi wars

The regulation fights didn't start with Uber. Meet the movers and shakers of the last 100-plus years.

Business & Technology

Uber, Lyft, and the growing problem of temp jobs

Riders love the convenience and availability of the swaggering, app-wielding, taxi-displacing car services. But they could turn us all into temps.


Why some grads are refusing to pay their student loans

Occupy leaders' latest move is supporting students who were burned by a shady for-profit college.

The future will be damp, and voted for on the internet

Which underwater Boston do you like best?

As rising sea levels begin to threaten to submerge big chunks of the city, Boston holds a contest to spark novel ideas for saving some landmarks.

Climate & Energy

Protests, oil prices add fuel to the divestment fire

Sit-ins make the moral case for universities to dump their fossil fuel investments, but the collapse of oil prices adds a push from the invisible hand.

Making a list, checking it twice?

The FBI is targeting tar-sands activists. Should that worry you?

Activists from around the U.S. report a spate of unexplained visits by FBI agents in recent months.

Water flowing underground, same as it ever was

Will San Francisco’s water snobs drink from the gutter?

California's persistent drought has led San Francisco to take a second look at its long-neglected underground streams and springs.


Why living in Detroit doesn’t come cheap

Detroit's housing market may look accessible, but once you do the math imposed by the city's sometimes tough conditions, it's hardly a bargain.


2014 was the safest year to walk in NYC since 1910

Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to cut pedestrian deaths to zero begins to make a little headway, building off a long-term trend.