Cities

Austin dims its lights, everyone + science wins

A city council decision to invest $15 million in efficient lighting is not only a smart move, it's part of a great tradition started in Silicon Valley.

Possibly the best Humans of New York photo yet

I’ve mentioned before my abiding love for Humans of New York (HONY), photographer Brandon Stanton’s (entirely unpaid, as far as I know, unless you buy prints) mission to photograph New York’s infinitely visually arresting inhabitants. It’s an amazing love letter …

Transit workers stop train to save toy bunny

Casey Carey-Brown, a Boston woman who blogs about her daughter “Roozle,” has chronicled a harrowing story about childhood trauma narrowly averted by big-hearted transit workers. It concerns Roozle’s toy bunny Nummy, pictured above. (Roozle is the human child, Nummy is …

Coming this August: You, made of garbage

The World Bank's report on the world's garbage creation reveals big differences in how rich and poor countries dispose of waste – both today and in the future.

Hot town, May in the cities

Basically every big city in America was hotter during May 2012 than any May prior. At least according to scientific instruments.

The 6 most awesome telephone pole signs

Smart humans lighten up their nabes with funny phone pole signs. Herewith, our favorites from the internet.

New York’s roofscape gets climate makeover [VIDEOS]

Witness the evolution of New York City’s billion-square-foot roofscape in the face of climate change.

First-graders protest Starbucks to save local coffee shop

Back in 2011, a tragedy of epic proportions struck the East Village: Starbucks moved in. And not only did it move in, it kicked a beloved local coffee shop, The Bean, out of its flagship location. Even non-coffee drinking elementary …

500 million reasons to rethink the parking lot

All the world is a parking lot -- or a heck of a lot of it is, anyway. But according to professor Eran Ben-Joseph, these places don’t have to be wastelands.