Cities

trash talk

The city that said no to garbage

If you want to keep garbage out of landfills, you have to stop thinking about it as garbage. Instead, think of it as resources. This is how Jack Macy thinks. He developed San Francisco’s trailblazing composting program and is currently Zero Waste Coordinator for the city. Here, he shares the city’s secrets to success.

Want not, waste not

San Francisco watches its waste line

Most cities send thousands of tons of unwanted flotsam and jetsam to landfills every day. But in San Francisco, garbage is treated like a resource that shouldn't be wasted. And that means formulating a plan to reduce the city's garbage output to zero. Yes, that's right: zero.

Better cities could save $31 billion a year

A new report by CEO’s For Cities shows how access to destinations is more important than how fast you can drive in your car while …

The new New York

How NYC's streets are being reclaimed from the automobile [VIDEO]

The last three years have seen an incredible transformation of New York's streetscape. More than 200 miles of bike lanes have been added, while Times Square and many other formerly car-clogged spaces have been turned into havens for pedestrians.

How we roll

There's safety in numbers for cyclists

You might reasonably think that the number of bicycle crashes would skyrocket as more people take to the streets on two wheels. It's a fine, common-sense assumption -- that happens to be wrong.

Another tunnel to nowhere

The Cincinnati subway that never was [VIDEO]

Today, some people look at the decision to halt the Cincinnati subway in 1925 as fatally short-sighted. "If they had finished this system, we may have actually held on to some of our businesses that have left. Cincinnati downtown may have been a viable institution."

building better blocks

LEGO lets you play with improving mass transit

Will having kids play with LEGO buses and trams (rather than Hot Wheels) foster the next generation of public-transit advocates?

growing lanes

Bike trail being paved with asphalt made from plants instead of oil

Chris Williams of Iowa U. has cooked up a bio-oil from plants that can replace the asphalt glue that holds our pavement together -- Bioasphalt.

Tunneling to nowhere

NJ governor puts a halt to major public transit project [UPDATED]

Gov. Chris Christie's refusal to invest in a piece of major public transit infrastructure is another blow against a modernized transportation system.