Cities

Cities

Ultimate tiny house is suspended 40 feet in the air

Via the Dish, this art installation in downtown San Francisco is the ultimate tiny house. It’s seven by eight by 11 feet, and it’s suspended 40 feet in the air. Plus, it’s recycled AND green: It’s made of 100-year-old reclaimed …

Cities

Smallest legal apartment in California is prefab, adorbs

Check out the smallest studio apartment you can build by law in California: It's 160 square feet, and it includes a bevy of space-saving measures.

Climate & Energy

Texas lost half a billion trees in current drought

This is what long-term desertification looks like: The state of Texas lost 5.6 million urban trees -- and as many as 500 million forest trees -- in the drought that’s been going on since last year.

Biofuel

Mexico City’s giant landfill will power 35,000 homes

Mexico City will open a landfill gas power plant, which should be able to power 35,000 homes at its peak.

Transportation

Roads to ruin: Why ‘drill and drive’ is the new motto in Washington

One inconvenient truth gets lost in all the hullabaloo over Congress’ disastrous transportation bill: We can’t kick our addiction to asphalt.

Biking

100-year-old sets cycling record

French centenarian Robert Marchand (that’s not him above, we just didn’t have permission to use the Reuters photo) has set a new cycling record: The furthest distance ridden in an hour in the 100-and-over category. Also, the smallest distance. Also, …

Cities

Bouncing off the walls: Can parkour boost urban economies?

A sport born in the urban environment, parkour has been banned in many U.S. cities. But this fall, the states will see their first international parkour competition, and organizers hope it will be good for both the sport and the …

Cities

Unbroken homes: Five creative reuses for foreclosed houses

In the wake of the mortgage crisis, hundreds of thousands of homes the in U.S. now stand vacant. What do we do with these moldering houses?

Sprawl

World’s worst elected official makes the case for sprawl

"Well, let me state it unequivocally: I love sprawl," says L. Brooks Patterson, county executive of Oakland County, Mich.