Cities

Cities

San Francisco saves gas by making better parking spaces cost more

In San Francisco, a parking place costs more the more people want to use it. This might sound like common sense, but it’s actually a radical experiment in keeping people from circling endlessly, looking for a spot and wasting gas. …

Living

Kids’ books that take the SCARY out of science

Science writer Michelle Nijhuis goes in search of books that will inspire her toddler to think of science as a world of possibilities, not a frightening place where intimidating grown-ups have all the answers.

Food

Street food boom towns: Three West Coast case studies

They may never catch up to Portland, but neighboring cities Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., are making strides to put food carts front and center.

Cities

New York has a subway system just for garbage

New York’s Roosevelt Island is like Futurama for trash: Underneath the island, a system of pneumatic tubes whisks garbage from trash and recycling bins off to the processing center. Now the company that built the tubes, Envac, wants to expand …

Animals

New frog species found in Staten Island

Most folks assume Staten Island holds little more than Italian restaurants, mob wives, and a huge landfill. But another resident has just been discovered on New York City’s most disrespected borough: a new species of frog!

Cities

Up a creek: A run-down urban neighborhood finds life in a dead stream

In one of the tougher corners of San Diego, a group of committed residents and activists has set out to restore a long-forgotten waterway -- and in the process, give the community a much-needed shot in the arm.

Biking

Temporary tattoos for bike lovers

Are you a little more badass than your typical bike commuter, but maybe a little less than your typical bike courier? Then temporary tattoos are perfect for you, and conveniently, temp-ink emporium Tattly has just launched three new bike designs.

Biking

In New York City, stealing a bike is easy

If a bike gets stolen in the middle of New York City, does it make it a sound? With his own bike, a bunch of doomed locks, and a variety of tools, Casey Neistat (who you may remember from this …

Energy Policy

Meet the worst Senate amendment that ever lived

A new amendment to the Senate transportation bill greenlights the Keystone XL pipeline and drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, among other Big Oil monstrosities.