Windy farmy city

Chicago has got it growing on

Growing Power’s Chicago outposts show that plants can be art as well as food, while Growing Home nurtures people whom society would throw away.

Artisanal hypocrisy in the PNW

Seattle's impending car-centric mega-tunnel: a chat with urbanist Cary Moon

Despite their ostentatious talk on climate, many Pacific Northwest political leaders don't seem to be making the transportation connection. Nowhere is that more evident than in the fight over how to replace Seattle's crumbling Alaskan Way Viaduct, a two-mile-long elevated stretch of State Route 99 running along the city's waterfront. The alternative with the most momentum is a gigantic bored tunnel -- a concrete-heavy, emissions-intensive, multi-billion-dollar piece of old-school highway infrastructure devoted almost entirely to cars, shuttling suburban drivers past the urban core. Sustainable urbanism advocate Cary Moon explains WTF.

Socialized driving

Making car-sharing a carbon-sharing service

The internet has brought us peer-to-peer music sharing and peer-to-peer lending. Now get ready for peer-to-peer car sharing.

Gray areas

Does urbanism have to be black and white?

When I look around, I mostly see only one type of person associated with the urbanist label: young, white, and male. Not many young, black and female, like me. It shouldn't be that way.

Walk this way

Study finds people in walkable communities are happier

Living in a place where you can get where you need to go on foot can put a spring in your step.

Urban Family Values

Family-friendly Detroit. Yes, you heard that right

It's safe to say that Detroit hasn't topped any recent "best places to raise a family" lists. And yet there are a surprising number of people who are choosing to raise their children there. Some are transplants, some are visionaries, and many are fiercely loyal natives.

States and cities are already preparing for climate change

Many states aren’t waiting for the federal government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions — they’re taking matters into their own hands. And according to the …

The cancer ward

In a hospital, against the odds, people make a good place

The chemotherapy infusion unit is a lousy place to be. Except that in very important ways, it isn't. It's like a little neighborhood where every need is accounted for, and where all your neighbors can be trusted.

Without a car in the world

My complicated love affair with a little gray Honda

With car ownership came a nagging suspicion that I was on the wrong side of a Big Issue. My purist environmentalist friends were sure about it: Anyone who gets angry about the wars over oil, they told me, can't have a car and a clean conscience at the same time. I didn't know if it was so simple.