Cities

The American suburbs are a giant Ponzi scheme

Our current pattern of autocentric development does not create real wealth. It creates the illusion of wealth. Today we are in the process of seeing that illusion destroyed, and with it the prosperity we have come to take for granted.

Me, on The Majority Report, talking EPA and Great Places

While David Roberts was at Netroots Nation, he dropped by to chat with Sam Seder on his radio show The Majority Report about the EPA. Take a listen.

In London, bike commuters now the majority in some places

Cyclists make up more than 50 percent of the traffic on some busy London commuter routes. But as in New York, two-wheeled travelers still have an image problem to overcome.

Make cities, not war

Mayors from around the country are wondering why we're building bridges in Kandahar when bridges at home are falling to pieces.

Look how much more space we'd have without sprawl

  If we could just get everyone in the world to pack in a little tighter, we'd have a hell of a lot more open space to work with. Imagine the possibilities! We could pack everyone into the Midwest, fill …

Bikenomics

Bicycling's gender gap: It's the economy, stupid

Why don't more women in the U.S. ride bikes? Hint: it's not just about fear and fashion.

Older Americans could be stranded without better transit

As the huge baby boom generation gets older, our auto-dependent society will have to adapt, a new report argues.

Detroit farm school for teen moms has been saved

Catherine Ferguson Academy, the awesome urban farm high school for pregnant and parenting teens, has risen from the ashes. Michigan's emergency financial manager decided last week to shutter the school, which has a 90 percent graduation rate. But it's been …

Cardboard bike helmets are safer than plastic

Yeah, it sounds a little Calvin & Hobbes, but riding around with corrugated cardboard on your head can actually be safer than the plastic and Styrofoam concoctions you get at the bike store. The Kranium cardboard bike helmet absorbs four …