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pay up

PACE homeowners must pay up before refinancing, Fannie and Freddie say

Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac said today that homeowners must pay off PACE assessments before refinancing their mortgages.

color inside the lanes

Guerrilla art takes bike activism to the streets [SLIDESHOW]

In homage to those positive and creative forces pushing non-gas pedals across the nation, we invite you to strap on a helmet and steer yourself through these artistic examples of bike activism taken quite literally to the streets.

Green tape cutters

Smart cities are (un)paving the way for urban farmers and locavores

Across the U.S., cities are buckling up their green belts and introducing legislation to foster local-food production of everything from cucumbers to yellow limes, reports Kerry Trueman for Grist's Feeding the City series. Because nobody wants to get caught with their pantry down?

PACE IN THE HOLE

Exclusive: Fannie regulator digs in on clean-energy opposition

The Federal Housing Finance Agency solidified its opposition to the home-greening program PACE in a letter to members of Congress.

bag of tricks

Eco-amnesia costs the U.S. $20 billion a year

California stands to pass a ban on single-use plastic bags. Opponents claim it will doom consumers because it's so hard to remember to bring reusable bags shopping. Seriously?

Your bike called. It wants to know where you are

Running bike-sharing networks through smartphones

Useful innovation or U.N. conspiracy? It's tough to tell.

mcLovin It!

American appetite for big homes is falling

Trulia released some compelling charts and graphs illustrating recent opinion research showing what might be the end of the McMansion. Even in Texas.

stranded commuter blues

Why our railways suck (in two graphs)

The Amtrak mess that left commuters stranded this week just goes to show you transit just isn't as reliable. People prefer to drive. Except not.

Soul survivors

From Motown to Growtown: The greening of Detroit

Where factories once flourished, hope sprouts in Detroit's urban gardens and farms, and projects like Greening Detroit.

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