Sarah Goodyear

Sarah Goodyear has written about cities for a variety of publications, including Grist and Streetsblog. She lives in Brooklyn. She's also on Twitter.

Scientific method

How cities are good for science, and vice versa

The world's booming cities are a hotbed for scientific research. They also have big problems that only science can solve.

Conservatively speaking

William Lind makes a conservative case for public transit (just not buses)

William Lind thinks Republican politicians should be supporting public rail transit because it makes sense for their affluent (and mostly white) constituency. He also says white conservatives are "not going to be comfortable" on city buses where they are "surrounded by blacks and Hispanics."

Guerrilla habitat

Roll up your sleeves, get out on the street, and make a Better Block

A model for DIY street improvement comes out of Dallas, even capturing the imagination of Long Island's favorite son -- Billy Joel.

Across the great divide

Is there a war between cities and suburbs? Does there have to be one?

Where we choose to live, and how, is emerging as a crucial factor in the battle to reduce carbon emissions. Is there anything to be gained by framing the cities vs. suburbs conflict as just another culture war?

Notable quotable

Woman prizes car over skull

A Maine woman was badly bruised when a bullet fired by her neighbor ricocheted onto her property and hit her in the face. What really concerned her, though, was the damage done to her car.

Hot Kokomo

Stimulus money brings an Indiana city back from the brink

Eighteen months ago, the city of Kokomo, Ind., was one of those American Rust Belt towns that looked like it was clanking toward irreversible decay. Today the community of some 45,000 people is revitalized and renewed, thanks to an infusion of federal stimulus money and a variety of economic strategies.

Rail people

In Illinois, rail passengers stand up for trains [VIDEO]

Trains. People love them. And these riders want the government to know it.

Inventing the Weeels

Digital entrepreneurs want to change the way New Yorkers hail a cab

What if the solutions to America's transportation problems weren't made out of concrete and steel, but out of zeros and ones? What if you could turn car services and taxis into an alternate public transportation system -- by creating an iPhone app?

Out of sight, out of mine

Chilean miners rescued, carnage continues on American roads

The world watched as 33 lives were saved. But in the two months since the miners were trapped, more than 6,500 people died in motor vehicle crashes in the United States. Why can't we pay attention to that?

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