Cities

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 …

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 speakers at a COP16 side event I attended on Wednesday, …

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 …

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, …

Only the strong survive

A talk with Charles Marohn, 'recovering engineer' and cofounder of Strong Towns

We discuss how smart planning can transcend politics and why we should let the Tea Party have what they want.

Sustainable IQ

EPA names the nation's top smart-growth cities

When it comes to smart growth, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the smartest cities are New York, Baltimore, Portland, and San Francisco.

Not Mao, not ever

Increasing consumer demand in China won't save us

In a much-celebrated recent article, ace reporter David Leonhardt argues that China can bail out the U.S. by transforming itself into the "world's next great consumer society." Given the specter of climate change, is this …

A taste of honey

Our reporter tries to pick out the red honey of Red Hook in a blind taste test

Does the red honey of Red Hook, made from maraschino cherry syrup, really taste different? We found out.

How we roll

Bicycle freight: thinking outside the box truck

Bicycles are already a major piece of the freight puzzle all over the world. Could the practice take off in U.S. cities as well?