Cities

Cities

Behind every crumbling downtown is a billionaire who wants to save it

Detroit ponders its dependence on billionaire Dan Gilbert just as another high-profile effort to revive a downtown in Las Vegas, led by another tech CEO, hits the rapids.

Climate & Energy

The cruel, increasingly usual prison punishment no one is talking about

Climate change and urban heat islands are making life inside the big house even more intolerable for the guilty and innocent alike.

Business & Technology

In the cities of the future, skyscrapers could be made out of wood

A Canadian architect thinks we should build skyscrapers out of wood to save the earth and climate a whole lotta hurt.

Cities

Chicago’s garbage trucks will be rollin’ on volts

Our trash won't be riding dirty for too much longer. North America's first electric garbage truck is rolling through Chicago.

Climate & Energy

The SXSW kids are about to get schooled by the dean of environmental justice

Robert Bullard, who keynotes the eco-geek conference, says the war for climate justice will be won (or lost) in the South.

Politics

Examining Eric Holder’s environmental record at the Justice Department

The attorney general said it was a “personal mission” to ensure that everyone enjoyed the same environmental protections. He quickly learned how difficult that would be.

THIRST FOR JUSTICE

Apparently, water is a luxury in Detroit, not a right

A judge says Detroit can continue to cut off water to residents because the city "can't afford any revenue slippage."

For whom the road tolls

Could pay-to-play lanes solve urban gridlock?

A reader wonders if HOT lanes, open to carpoolers and people with money to burn, are an improvement on standard HOV lanes. Umbra gets him out of his jam.

If Robin Hood turned to real estate ...

Here’s one idea for taxing the rich and making housing more affordable

A newly proposed "pied-à-terre tax" in New York City would apply to luxury homes owned by people who don’t actually live in the city.

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