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

Today, “Made in Detroit” is a label in search of a story

The archetypal factory town struggles to turn "manufacturing renaissance" from a slogan into a reality.

Climate & Energy

311,000 climate protesters marched in New York. What’s next?

Climate marchers are likely to be putting their shoulders behind these causes and projects in the wake of September's mass event.

Cities

Behind every crumbling downtown is a billionaire who wants to save it

Detroit ponders its dependence on billionaire Dan Gilbert just as another high-profile effort to revive a downtown in Las Vegas, led by another tech CEO, hits the rapids.

Climate & Energy

In the protest-icon game, polar bear beats carbon bubble

At Flood Wall Street, where parade floats doubled as works of art and costumes irked the cops, we saw the power of protest imagery -- and its limitations.

Climate & Energy

Wall Street protest arrests nab 2 Captain Planets, 1 polar bear

Flood Wall Street demonstrators block a street in Manhattan's financial district with balloons, costumes, and chants, and 101 arrests follow.

Climate & Energy

Peacekeepers and direct-action proponents prepare for climate protest, in very different ways

Tips: Keep your phone in your pocket, and practice being water.

Climate & Energy

11 short stories about the People’s Climate Train

Singing, burning sage, chowing down, and getting robbed on a cross-country train full of protesters en route to New York's big march.

Living

At continent’s edge, a rail epic concludes, pursued by tank cars

There's nothing quite like the conversations you have on a long railroad trip. But sooner or later, even the wildest digressions have to end.

Station to station

Rumors of the death of the train station have been greatly exaggerated

Something there is that doesn't like a big, beautiful, high-ceilinged train lobby -- because we keep shuttering them. Occasionally, a city will push back.

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