Cities

'The Suburbs' and bright green urbanism

Friday music blogging: Arcade Fire

You can bet an artist is grappling with questions of place and home and belonging when she belts out a line like, "Sometimes I wonder if the world's so small / that we can never get away from the sprawl ... Dead shopping malls rise like mountains beyond mountains / And there's no end in sight."

Flowing, flowing, flowing into the future

How to restore the Colorado River

Jonathan Waterman, author of Running Dry: A Journey from Source to Sea Down the Colorado River, brought together two experts from either end of the river to talk about what's happened to the Colorado over the years, and how to get more water flowing in the future.

Dyspepsia: the choice of a new generation

How bad are the next few years going to suck?

Really bad. That's how bad they're going to suck.

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.

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