DIY Renaissance Center

Detroit, community resilience, and the American dream

Within our lifetimes, many of us will have to pioneer a new meaning of what "the good life" really is. People in Detroit are leading the way.

Sex and the city transportation system

Who's riding the subway this week? Jake Gyllenhaal and pantsless hipsters

What's sexy about riding the subway? Well, this weekend you got to see a lot of people's underwear and maybe also Jake Gyllenhaal.

Urban family values

Living in a small space can sometimes cramp your green style

Living in a small home without a car limits the amount we consume and pollute. But green living can sometimes get in the way of -- well, green living.

Ain't no mountain high enough

Does it matter if the developed world has hit 'peak travel'?

A recent study found that travel has stagnated in eight developed countries, including the U.S. But what about the rest of the world?

Fighting words

The 'War on Cars': A brief history of a rhetorical device

Back in October, I started noticing the accusation that Seattle is waging a "war on cars" was popping up an awful lot in the local press, and in suspicious ways. Where did this inflammatory language …

Shoveling shift

In St. Paul, one citizen's mission to keep sidewalks clear of snow

A resident of St. Paul, Minn., was disturbed by the condition of the city's sidewalks during the snowy season. She finally got mad enough to act.

Building character

Measuring the historical diversity of a neighborhood

Can the historical "character" of a neighborhood be measured somehow, the way that tools like Walk Score measure walkability?

Build yourself a city to click in

CityVille overtakes FarmVille as Facebook's top app

Millions of Americans are hooked on Zynga's new city-building game. Are there any real urban-planning principles at work?

Roads to ruin

Do roads pay for themselves? Well, no

A new report from the U.S. Public Interest Reseach Group debunks the myth of the self-financed highway system. Will Congress be convinced by the facts?