Cities

Climate & Energy

This civil engineer is building houses to withstand earthquakes and hurricanes

Elizabeth Hausler Strand founded Build Change, a nonprofit, to bring in the (literal) reinforcements when natural disasters strike.

Water flowing underground

This amazing map is a guide to San Francisco’s hidden waterways

A new map shows where you can catch glimpses of San Francisco's original watershed system underneath the urban skin.

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London will try to beat traffic and air pollution with this new electric bus

The Old Smoke's famous double-decker bus might be getting a whole lot greener.

Cities

Trucks kill bicyclists all the time. This tool could change that

Trucks are singularly lethal vehicles when it comes to accidents with pedestrians and cyclists. But there's a way to make them less deadly.

Green Screen

“True Detective” makes us wonder: Is Los Angeles totally unlovable?

In the new season of "True Detective," the city of Los Angeles is as dirty and soulless as its flawed protagonists.

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Oslo builds its bees a highway of flowers

We've crowded nature out of much of our cities -- but we can always invite it back in.

Cities

There’s no “new Brooklyn” because Brooklyn isn’t even the new Brooklyn

Grist's Ben Adler and MSNBC's Tony Dokoupil talk about Adler's essay on how gentrifying cities can avoid the mistakes Brooklyn has made.

Shadow of a drought

Check out this amazing new tool for judging California’s water use

As the state's drought grinds into a bone-dry summer, California is adjusting its rules. Now people have to make the new rules work.

Cities

Tip for getting people to use the metro system: Block all the roads

Parisian cabbies are allegedly protesting Uber by blocking roads, but we know what they're REALLY doing.